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title: "AI thinks like a corporation—and that’s worrying"
date: 2019-11-28T18:15:52Z
type: ["lens"]
tags: ["artificial intelligence", "corporation", "discrimination"]
categories: ["Laura’s Lens"]
body_classes: "lens"
postURL: "https://www.economist.com/open-future/2018/11/26/ai-thinks-like-a-corporation-and-thats-worrying"
publication: "The Economist"
writer: "Jonnie Penn"
image: "image.jpg"
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> “After the 2010 BP oil spill, for example, which killed 11 people and devastated the Gulf of Mexico, no one went to jail. The threat that Mr Runciman cautions against is that AI techniques, like playbooks for escaping corporate liability, will be used with impunity.
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>Today, pioneering researchers such as Julia Angwin, Virginia Eubanks and Cathy O’Neil reveal how various algorithmic systems calcify oppression, erode human dignity and undermine basic democratic mechanisms like accountability when engineered irresponsibly. Harm need not be deliberate; biased data-sets used to train predictive models also wreak havoc.
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>A central promise of AI is that it enables large-scale automated categorisation… This “promise” becomes a menace when directed at the complexities of everyday life. Careless labels can oppress and do harm when they assert false authority.”
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title: "My Fight With a Sidewalk Robot"
date: 2019-11-25T14:25:14Z
type: ["lens"]
tags: ["accessibility", "artificial intelligence", "autonomous vehicles"]
categories: ["Laura’s Lens"]
body_classes: "lens"
postURL: "https://www.citylab.com/perspective/2019/11/autonomous-technology-ai-robot-delivery-disability-rights/602209/"
publication: "City Lab"
writer: "Emily Ackerman"
image: "image.jpg"
imagealt: "A Starship Technologies commercial delivery robot navigates a sidewalk."
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> “The advancement of robotics, AI, and other “futuristic” technologies has ushered in a new era in the ongoing struggle for representation of people with disabilities in large-scale decision-making settings.
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> We need to build a technological future that benefits disabled people without disadvantaging them along the way.
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> Accessible design should not depend on the ability of an able-bodied design team to understand someone else’s experience or foresee problems that they’ve never had. The burden of change should not rest on the user (or in my case, the bystander) and their ability to communicate their issues.
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> A solution that works for most at the expense of another is not enough.”
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