About AI Ethics-Washing and the Need for Guidelines

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Karen Hao, for MIT Technology Review:

At the beginning of this year, reflecting on these events, I wrote a resolution for the AI community: Stop treating AI like magic, and take responsibility for creating, applying, and regulating it ethically.

But talk is just that–it’s not enough. For all the lip service paid to these issues, many organizations’ AI ethics guidelines remain vague and hard to implement. Few companies can show tangible changes to the way AI products and services get evaluated and approved. We’re falling into a trap of ethics-washing, where genuine action gets replaced by superficial promises.

AI guidelines are undoubtely necessary for a world where artificial intelligence is used to help us thrive.

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