Conversations about artificial intelligence tend to go in one of two directions. Will it bring us a rampaging-robot chaos, or will AI make the world a much better place? As it turns out, 61% of people in an ARM survey see artificial intelligence making the world a better place. 57% would prefer an AI doctor perform an eye exam and 55% would trust an autonomous car.
Joseph Stiglitz belives that “AI could vastly improve lives but only if the tech titans that control it are properly regulated. What we have now is totally inadequate.”
What next? News feed algorithms will become more reliable than targeted advertising? AI for pattern detection, helping spot unusual trends in sports betting and market responses through to information security .
As AI evolves and becomes interconnected the ability to see and predict the downstream implications is hard; or as the Guardian says “code piled on code creates ‘a universe no one fully understands”.
How to check the bias of Algorithms to decide things? Jack Dorsey admitted that Twitter’s algorithms have not always been ‘impartial’. ProPublica’s research found that there’s software used across the USA to predict future criminals. And it’s biased against blacks.
Google’s and Harvard University have created an AI model capable of predicting the location of aftershocks up to one year after a major earthquake.
Analysing 3D scans of the retina, DeepMind’s AI can detect over 50 eye diseases as accurately as a doctor.
As GAFA invest in AI talent, where are the women? At Google, 21 percent of technical roles are filled by women, yet in the AI team it’s only 10 percent. Facebook has 22 percent of its technical workforce who are women yet only 15 percent of its AI research group are women.