WASHINGTON, June 25, 2018 - Carnegie Mellon University academics provided a rare positive outlook on what data analytics can do to improve society, a stark contrast to recent outrage over data privacy scandals.
At a Wednesday Capitol Hill briefing on, “Artificial Intelligence for Good”, Carnegie Mellon hosted an optimistic evaluation of developments of AI in private sector and academia.
Among the numerous possibilities for future good, AI may be able to help identify and provide aid to those who are contemplating self-harm, said CMU Associate Professor Jason Hong.
For those who are planning to harm themselves, for example, the words ibuprofen, advil and the crying emoji are about a 13 times stronger signal” than the words “kill or “suicide,” he said.
AI can be used to help combat human trafficking and to identify wildlife more accurately
Jay Qi, data scientist at the data analytics and deep learning company Uptake, created software to combat human trafficking in foreign countries.
This technology that may help people on the ground determine who is a victim of human trafficking. He also spoke of “using AI to classify images” for nature conservation organizations to help them find wildlife in the camera traps more efficiently.
Audience members remained skeptical of Panglossian optimism
Despite positive developments and innovations, audience members remained skeptical of the optimistic outlook.
The audience questioned how biased data sets--resulting in a biased AI system-- may be used to perpetuate biases in an increasingly data-driven society. A map of New York shown during the presentation showed a significant lack of data points from people in a low-income area, leading to doubts over whether such a hole in a data set could lead to inaccuracies in data analysis.
However, Qi retained a positive outlook. “Having a system is still better than not having a system,” Qi said.
- Part IV: As Hate Speech Proliferates Online, Critics Want to See and Control Social Media’s Algorithms
- Part III: The GOP Wants to Kill the Fairness Doctrine, Then Applies It to the Internet
- Justice Department Collaborating with State Attorneys General’s Antitrust Investigation of Big Tech, Says Chief
- Part II: Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz Want to Repeal Section 230 and Break the Internet
- A Short History of Online Free Speech, Part I: The Communications Decency Act Is Born
Intellectual Property4 weeks ago
In Congressional Oversight Hearing, Register of Copyrights Says Office Is Responding to Online Users
Broadband Data3 months ago
Pennsylvania Broadband Speeds Worse Than Previously Believed, According to State Report
Broadband Data2 months ago
California Report: Income Most Significant Factor in Low Broadband Adoption
Fiber3 weeks ago
‘Dig Once’ Provides Future-Proofing Solution for Federal Highway Infrastructure, Says BroadbandNow
Drones3 weeks ago
Greater Commercial Use of Drones Will Force Revisions of Federal Aviation Administration Regulations, Say Experts
Broadband Roundup2 weeks ago
Cable Industry Touts Energy Efficiency, Next Century Highlights Open Access Fiber, Aspen Forum Set
Free Speech4 days ago
Part IV: As Hate Speech Proliferates Online, Critics Want to See and Control Social Media’s Algorithms
Broadband Roundup2 weeks ago
Trump Delays 10 Percent Tariff on Chinese Tech Goods, Buttigieg on Broadband, Facebook Eavesdropping