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Oct 31, 2018

An argument for algorithms that reflect our highest ideals

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Earlier this week, Google announced $25 million in grants for organizations working on “artificial intelligence for social good." The included things like wildlife conservation, stopping sex trafficking and eliminating biases in algorithms that perpetuate racism and gender discrimination. It's an admission…

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An argument for algorithms that reflect our highest ideals

by Molly Wood Oct 31, 2018
"The purpose shouldn't just be the enrichment of the tech firm, but rather the common good as a whole," one author says.
An AI cancer detection microscope by Google is seen during the World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018 (WAIC 2018) in Shanghai on September 18, 2018.
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Marketplace Tech Blogs

An argument for algorithms that reflect our highest ideals

by Molly Wood Oct 31, 2018
"The purpose shouldn't just be the enrichment of the tech firm, but rather the common good as a whole," one author says.
An AI cancer detection microscope by Google is seen during the World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018 (WAIC 2018) in Shanghai on September 18, 2018.
STR/AFP/Getty Images

Earlier this week, Google announced $25 million in grants for organizations working on “artificial intelligence for social good.” The included things like wildlife conservation, stopping sex trafficking and eliminating biases in algorithms that perpetuate racism and gender discrimination. It’s an admission that algorithms and AI are not neutral, and more care must be taken with their design. Molly Wood talks with Jamie Susskind, author of the new book “Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech.” He argues that we can design algorithms that reflect our highest ideals. (10/31/18)