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Policymakers Grappling with Artificial Intelligence Risk a ‘Failure of Imagination,’ Panel Told

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WASHINGTON, June 6, 2019 – One of the greatest mistakes policymakers can make as they begin to make rules governing artificial intelligence technologies is a “failure of imagination,” said Purdue University Fellow Lorraine Kisselburgh at a panel hosted by the Electronic Privacy Information Center at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

The panel, entitled “AI and Human Rights: The Future of AI Policy in the U.S.,” took a cautious tone towards AI, with Kisselburgh pointing out that we may not even be able to imagine the changes and risks that these technological developments will bring to our society.

Several speakers emphasized the crucial point that artificial intelligence is not actually “intelligent,” but rather subject to whatever flaws and biases it is designed with. For example, programs designed to decide whether a person should get a mortgage or be given jail often end up demonstrating racial discrimination, because of the information used to “teach” the program.

MIT Professor Sherry Turkle criticized the common view that there is no solution for these biased technologies, calling this perspective an “abdication of responsibility.” Rather than relying on technology to fix society and then giving up when it fails, she emphasized the importance of working to fix the “real world” by challenging assumptions and investing in ethics curricula on a national level.

Turkle also raised the issue of young children bonding with AI devices. As opposed to other toys, which become healthy vehicles for projection, AI devices would engage children by taking a more human role. This new kind of relationship could have unforeseen long-term consequences.

The panel comes four months after an executive order launched the American AI initiative, which invests in AI research and development and sets AI governance standards. These standards are important to ensure consistency across approaches to regulatory and non-regulatory uses of AI, said Lynne Parker, Assistant Director for Artificial Intelligence within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Georgetown Law Professor Bilyana Petkova agreed that consistent standards were important and emphasized the importance of three principles within human-centered AI development: human autonomy and oversight, prevention of harm, and fairness.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated on June 8, 2019, with additional information from the event.

(Photo of Professor Lorraine Kisselburgh from ikawnoclastic blog.)

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Int’l Ethical Framework for Auto Drones Needed Before Widescale Implementation

Observers say the risks inherent in letting autonomous drones roam requires an ethical framework.

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Timothy Clement-Jones was a member of the U.K. Parliament's committee on artificial intelligence

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2019 – One of the greatest mistakes policymakers can make as they begin to make rules governing artificial intelligence technologies is a “failure of imagination,” said Purdue University Fellow Lorraine Kisselburgh at a panel hosted by the Electronic Privacy Information Center at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

The panel, entitled “AI and Human Rights: The Future of AI Policy in the U.S.,” took a cautious tone towards AI, with Kisselburgh pointing out that we may not even be able to imagine the changes and risks that these technological developments will bring to our society.

Several speakers emphasized the crucial point that artificial intelligence is not actually “intelligent,” but rather subject to whatever flaws and biases it is designed with. For example, programs designed to decide whether a person should get a mortgage or be given jail often end up demonstrating racial discrimination, because of the information used to “teach” the program.

MIT Professor Sherry Turkle criticized the common view that there is no solution for these biased technologies, calling this perspective an “abdication of responsibility.” Rather than relying on technology to fix society and then giving up when it fails, she emphasized the importance of working to fix the “real world” by challenging assumptions and investing in ethics curricula on a national level.

Turkle also raised the issue of young children bonding with AI devices. As opposed to other toys, which become healthy vehicles for projection, AI devices would engage children by taking a more human role. This new kind of relationship could have unforeseen long-term consequences.

The panel comes four months after an executive order launched the American AI initiative, which invests in AI research and development and sets AI governance standards. These standards are important to ensure consistency across approaches to regulatory and non-regulatory uses of AI, said Lynne Parker, Assistant Director for Artificial Intelligence within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Georgetown Law Professor Bilyana Petkova agreed that consistent standards were important and emphasized the importance of three principles within human-centered AI development: human autonomy and oversight, prevention of harm, and fairness.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated on June 8, 2019, with additional information from the event.

(Photo of Professor Lorraine Kisselburgh from ikawnoclastic blog.)

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Deepfakes Could Pose A Threat to National Security, But Experts Are Split On How To Handle It

Experts disagree on the right response to video manipulation — is more tech or a societal shift the right solution?

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Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2019 – One of the greatest mistakes policymakers can make as they begin to make rules governing artificial intelligence technologies is a “failure of imagination,” said Purdue University Fellow Lorraine Kisselburgh at a panel hosted by the Electronic Privacy Information Center at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

The panel, entitled “AI and Human Rights: The Future of AI Policy in the U.S.,” took a cautious tone towards AI, with Kisselburgh pointing out that we may not even be able to imagine the changes and risks that these technological developments will bring to our society.

Several speakers emphasized the crucial point that artificial intelligence is not actually “intelligent,” but rather subject to whatever flaws and biases it is designed with. For example, programs designed to decide whether a person should get a mortgage or be given jail often end up demonstrating racial discrimination, because of the information used to “teach” the program.

MIT Professor Sherry Turkle criticized the common view that there is no solution for these biased technologies, calling this perspective an “abdication of responsibility.” Rather than relying on technology to fix society and then giving up when it fails, she emphasized the importance of working to fix the “real world” by challenging assumptions and investing in ethics curricula on a national level.

Turkle also raised the issue of young children bonding with AI devices. As opposed to other toys, which become healthy vehicles for projection, AI devices would engage children by taking a more human role. This new kind of relationship could have unforeseen long-term consequences.

The panel comes four months after an executive order launched the American AI initiative, which invests in AI research and development and sets AI governance standards. These standards are important to ensure consistency across approaches to regulatory and non-regulatory uses of AI, said Lynne Parker, Assistant Director for Artificial Intelligence within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Georgetown Law Professor Bilyana Petkova agreed that consistent standards were important and emphasized the importance of three principles within human-centered AI development: human autonomy and oversight, prevention of harm, and fairness.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated on June 8, 2019, with additional information from the event.

(Photo of Professor Lorraine Kisselburgh from ikawnoclastic blog.)

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Complexity, Lack of Expertise Could Hamper Economic Benefits Of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is said to open up a new age of economic development, but its complexity could hamper its rollout.

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Keith Strier of NVIDIA

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2019 – One of the greatest mistakes policymakers can make as they begin to make rules governing artificial intelligence technologies is a “failure of imagination,” said Purdue University Fellow Lorraine Kisselburgh at a panel hosted by the Electronic Privacy Information Center at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

The panel, entitled “AI and Human Rights: The Future of AI Policy in the U.S.,” took a cautious tone towards AI, with Kisselburgh pointing out that we may not even be able to imagine the changes and risks that these technological developments will bring to our society.

Several speakers emphasized the crucial point that artificial intelligence is not actually “intelligent,” but rather subject to whatever flaws and biases it is designed with. For example, programs designed to decide whether a person should get a mortgage or be given jail often end up demonstrating racial discrimination, because of the information used to “teach” the program.

MIT Professor Sherry Turkle criticized the common view that there is no solution for these biased technologies, calling this perspective an “abdication of responsibility.” Rather than relying on technology to fix society and then giving up when it fails, she emphasized the importance of working to fix the “real world” by challenging assumptions and investing in ethics curricula on a national level.

Turkle also raised the issue of young children bonding with AI devices. As opposed to other toys, which become healthy vehicles for projection, AI devices would engage children by taking a more human role. This new kind of relationship could have unforeseen long-term consequences.

The panel comes four months after an executive order launched the American AI initiative, which invests in AI research and development and sets AI governance standards. These standards are important to ensure consistency across approaches to regulatory and non-regulatory uses of AI, said Lynne Parker, Assistant Director for Artificial Intelligence within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Georgetown Law Professor Bilyana Petkova agreed that consistent standards were important and emphasized the importance of three principles within human-centered AI development: human autonomy and oversight, prevention of harm, and fairness.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated on June 8, 2019, with additional information from the event.

(Photo of Professor Lorraine Kisselburgh from ikawnoclastic blog.)

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