AI’s blind spot: garbage in, garbage out

Social scientist Kate Crawford (previously) and legal scholar Ryan Calo (previously) helped organize the interdisciplinary White House AI Now summits on how AI could increase inequality, erode accountability, and lead us into temptation and what to do about it. report this ad Now, writing in Nature, the two argue that AI thinking is plagued by a “blind spot”: “there are no agreed methods to assess the sustained effects of such applications on human populations.” In other words, to quote Pedro Domingos from The Master Algorithm: “People worry that computers will get too smart and take over the world, but the real problem is that they’re too stupid and they’ve already taken over the world.” The authors note that the AI industry is already taking steps to avoid the worst pitfalls…


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