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Digital assistants like Siri and Alexa entrench gender biases, says UN | THE GUARDIAN

THE GUARDIAN reports that a UNESCO study says smart speakers like Siri and Alexa should not use female voices by default. The study suggests the computer-simulated voices should be treated as ‘non-human,’ and that programming for digital assistants should discourage gender-based innuendo. The Guardian…

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Fei-Fei Li & Yuval Noah Harari in Conversation – The Coming AI Upheaval | Stanford 2019

Runs: 90m Discussion starts around 9:38, following introductions A wide ranging conversation between two leading thinkers in technology evolution: ethics in society, hacking humans, free will, and more. Moderated by Nicholas Thompson, WIRED’s Editor-in-Chief The session was jointly sponsored by Stanford University’s Humanities Center,…

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Google and Microsoft Warn That AI May Do Dumb Things | WIRED

‘Alphabet likes to position itself as a leader in AI research, but it was six months behind rival Microsoft in warning investors about the technology’s ethical risks.’ WIRED reports that ethics is a risk management item at Alphabet and Microsoft. Both companies have included…

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How Tech Giants Are Using AI Ethics Centres To Avoid Future Mishaps | ANALYTICS INDIA

‘As the world acknowledges the inevitability of AI and ML, the conversation has, however, shifted to its ethics, with governments and lawmakers bringing out stringent policies regarding the applicability of the technology.’  ANALYTICS INDIA reports on uses of ethics guidelines at Google, Microsoft, Facebook,…

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Is It Possible For AI To Be Ethical? | ASIAN SCIENTIST

‘While the panellists agreed that it is impossible to have an ‘ethical AI’, they believe that ‘AI ethics’ is a discussion that we should constantly engage in.’ ASIAN SCIENTIST reports on a Singapore conference panel of industry and regulatory leaders considering questions of morality…

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China’s top AI scientist drives development of ethical guidelines | SCMP

‘Chen (Xiaoping), professor and director of the Robotics Laboratory at the University of Science and Technology of China, said AI in China had developed to a point where ethical guidelines were now necessary to address potential risks in large-scale applications.’ THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING…

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How The Wall Street Journal is preparing its journalists to detect deepfakes | NEIMANLABS

“Raising awareness in the newsroom about the latest technology is critical,” said Christine Glancey, a deputy editor on the Ethics & Standards team who spearheaded the forensics committee. “We don’t know where future deepfakes might surface so we want all eyes watching out for disinformation.”…

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Values, Ethics and Innovation: Rethinking Technological Development in the Fourth Industrial Revolution | WEF 2018

THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM says beneficial outcomes should be the focus when making choices about technology. Technology reflects its makers, they say, and our focus needs to be on not only on what technologies are being made but how they are being made. What…

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We know ethics should inform AI. But which ethics? | WEF

Ethical standards are likely to become as important at shaping global competition as technological standards have been since the 1980s. THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM suggests acceptance of AI systems depends on predictability and trust, in turn arising from robust ethical codes. Their analysis names…

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7 principles from Google

‘We acknowledge that this area is dynamic and evolving, and we will approach our work with humility, a commitment to internal and external engagement, and a willingness to adapt our approach as we learn over time.’ Google has released seven ethically-guided principles for its…

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AI in the UK: Ready, Willing and Able? | HOUSE OF LORDS SELECT COMMITTEE ON AI

The U.K. HOUSE OF LORDS SELECT COMMITTEE on AI has 74 recommendations for the future of artificial intelligence. Their exhaustive report suggests development be guided by a code of ethics: Artificial intelligence should be developed for the common good and benefit of humanity. Artificial…

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Ethics debate: Artificial Intelligence at Oxford | 2018

Runs 62:16 PANEL moderated by Marina Jirotka, Professor of Human Centred Computing, Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford PANELISTS Mariarosaria Taddeo, Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford Deputy Director of the Digital Ethics Lab, Faculty Fellow Alan Turning Institute …

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Fei Fei Li: How to Make A.I. That’s Good for People | March 2018

‘Despite its name, there is nothing “artificial” about this technology — it is made by humans, intended to behave like humans and affects humans. So if we want it to play a positive role in tomorrow’s world, it must be guided by human concerns.’…

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Tech’s Ethical ‘Dark Side’: Harvard, Stanford and Others Want to Address It | NYT

‘The idea is to train the next generation of technologists and policymakers to consider the ramifications of innovations — like autonomous weapons or self-driving cars — before those products go on sale.’ THE NEW YORK TIMES reports morality is becoming part of the curriculum…

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Paul Chadwick: As technology develops, so must journalists’ codes of ethics | Jan 2018

IN THE GUARDIAN Paul Chadwick says journalists need to consider whether fundamental human values are met with AI-enabled journalism no differently than when all of it’s done by humans. He suggests newsroom codes should be updated in light of growing uses of AI tools….

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The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence | HUB.BERLIN 2017

Runs 25:32 PANEL with Paula Boddington, Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford Florian Werner, CEO, FragRobin AG  Dr. Habil Eberhard Schnebel, Lecturer, Goethe-University Frankfurt Center for Business Ethics  November 2017 | Berlin

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Oxford philosopher Paula Boddington delivers a reference-grade volume that is timely, helpful, and clear. This is the first book about codes of ethics for AI. There’s a general belief that ethics are essential in guiding our approach to developing powerful technology, as it is…

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Statement on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability | ACM

THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY US PUBLIC POLICY COUNCIL provides a succinct review of algorithms and their potential for bias, amongst other consequences arising from their use. They provide seven principles intended to balance concerns and benefits. ‘The ubiquity of algorithms in our everyday…

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Ethical Challenges of Algorithmic Journalism | Dörr & Hollnbuchner

Konstantin Nicholas Dörr and Katharina Hollnbuchner present a framework to identify and consider ethical issues when algorithms are used to generate news. AUTHORS Konstantin Nicholas Dörr, Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, Media Change & Innovation Division, University of Zurich Katharina Hollnbuchner, Institute…

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Issues roadmap

This elegant book by Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom ignited a worldwide discussion about what ‘thinking machines’ will mean for humanity. Conversations about machines acting on their own tend to converge on one point, which Bostrom compactly calls ‘the control problem’. What will be our…