Thursday, October 1, 2020

Fears about the conflict between humans and artificial intelligence have been front and centre in the popular imagination for decades, from 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL in 1968 to contemporary imaginings of killer robots. And our fears aren’t entirely unfounded.

The very real harmful effects of AI tools are all too common. In 2016, for example, an algorithm in Florida misclassified African-American defendants in the criminal justice system as “high risk” at almost twice the rate as white defendants.

While we may be imagining the impending attack of killer robots, “the bigger issue is alignment,” says Schwartz Reisman Director Gillian K. Hadfield, a scholar of law and technology at the Faculy of Law and Rotman School of Management, who specializes in the governance and regulation of AI.

Read the full post at the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society website