Can Artificial Intelligence Outsmart The Racist, Shallow World That Feeds It?

If you haven’t been following tech news, you might have missed the fact that artificial intelligence has been insinuating itself into every corner of society. It’s making decisions for us, it’s taking our jobs, it’s spying on us and it’s getting more and more personal over time. AI is being used to judge art, rate beauty, and predict criminal behavior before it happens. You know, the kind of stuff we would normally reserve for the wisdom, versatility, experience and diplomacy of humans. Artificial intelligence evangelists claim that AI could be programmed to be an objective judge of quality and human psychology. They will be Spock-like, in other words, avoiding all the illogical human errors that plague progress. Except that assumption doesn’t seem to take into account the fact that AI implementations are consistently surfacing perspectives that are more…


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