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Not intelligent: AI racism too dangerous to ignore


Not intelligent: AI racism too dangerous to ignore

Without diversity of developers, AI could, among other things, ‘obliterate people out of virtual existence’


Digital technology, particularly artificial intelligence (AI), which has become an integral part of our lives, can reinforce racism and undermine human rights and personal safety. It needs greater regulatory oversight, increased supervision and more accountability from technology companies to reduce its negative impact.

AI, a pillar of the data economy, brings together algorithms and computing power, allowing machines to perform decision-making, object-recognition and problem-solving functions.

It can protect the rights, security and access to public services of citizens. However, the asymmetric algorithmic decision-making of AI can also be harmful to them. It is increasingly clear that certain AI algorithms used to predict human behaviour can display racial, gender and xenophobic bias, resulting in safety and liability concerns with AI systems...

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