ethics

Should AI researchers kill people?

AI research is increasingly being used by militaries around the world for offensive and defensive applications. This past week, groups of AI researchers began to fight back against two separate progra

Convercent raises $25M to keep companies out of ethical quandaries

Convercent, a company that provides ethics and compliance software to businesses, today announced that it has raised a $25 million funding round led by Rho Ventures. Additional investors include Sapph

DeepMind now has an AI ethics research unit. We have a few questions for it…

DeepMind, the U.K. AI company which was acquired in 2014 for $500M+ by Google, has launched a new ethics unit which it says will conduct research across six "key themes" -- including 'privacy, transpa

An epidemic of risk and reputational hazards

Going viral is central to technology and business today, but one of its most pernicious consequences should get more attention than it does: the virally contagious nature of unethical behavior. Given

AI data-monopoly risks to be probed by UK parliamentarians

The UK's upper house of parliament is asking for contributions to an enquiry into the socioeconomic and ethical impacts of artificial intelligence technology. Among the questions the House of Lords c

A discussion about AI’s conflicts and challenges

"The competition for talent at the moment is absolutely ferocious," agrees Professor Andrew Blake, whose computer vision PhD was obtained in 1983, but who is now, among other things, a scientific advi

Facebook denies it sells ad-targeting based on users’ emotions

Facebook has denied it offers tools to advertisers to target users when they are in vulnerable emotional states.

Ethics — the next frontier for artificial intelligence

With one foot in its science fiction past and the other in the new frontier of science and tech innovations, AI occupies a unique place in our cultural imagination. Will we live into a future where ma

Whitehouse.gov petition seeking Trump tax returns flies past 100,000 signature goal

Putting the “intelligent” machine in its place

Sometimes even just defining the problem you’re trying to solve is the hardest part. We need human intelligence to decide how and when to use machine intelligence, and the more sophisticated the use

Omidyar, Hoffman create $27M research fund for AI in the public interest

eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman are among the backers of a new $27 million fund, announced today, that's aiming to promote research into artificial intelligence in the

Consider ethics when designing new technologies

In the weeks since the U.S. presidential election, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been firefighting. Not literally, but figuratively. Widespread accusations assert that his social media company cont

IEEE puts out a first draft guide for how tech can achieve ethical AI design

One of the barriers standing in the way of ethically designed AI systems that benefit humanity as a whole, and avoid the pitfalls of embedded algorithmic biases, is the tech industry's lack of ownersh

AI, autonomous cars and moral dilemmas

You’re a train conductor speeding along when you suddenly see five people tied up on the tracks in front of you. You don’t have enough time to stop, but you do have enough time to switch to an alt

AI accountability needs action now, say UK MPs

A UK parliamentary committee has urged the government to act proactively -- and to act now -- to tackle "a host of social, ethical and legal questions" arising from growing usage of autonomous technol

Play this killer self-driving car ethics game

Should a self-driving car full of old folks crash to avoid puppies in the cross-walk? Is it OK to run over two criminals if you save one doctor? Whose lives are worth more, seven-year-olds or senior

Is Facebook having a crisis of confidence over all the bad news its algorithms are making?

Is Facebook having -- A) An existential crisis B) An attack of conscience C) A mid-life crisis D) None of the above?

Hacking for investor profit

Just over four years ago, I sat through what still is the most viscerally disturbing information security talk I’ve ever seen. The late Barnaby Jack, a brilliant security researcher, had just demons

Self-Driving Cars And The Kobayashi Maru

In 1966, Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek would boldly go where no man had gone before, telling the tale of Captain Kirk and his crew as they explored the galaxy while taking on myriad sci-fi adventures

Don’t Dread Data Ethics And Governance

Data ethics is a subject our industry has largely ignored, avoided and failed to acknowledge as important. This neglect is almost certainly caused by fear -- fear that examining the question would exp
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