As a society, we are increasingly relying on algorithms which decide on the information we receive, what we eat for dinner, the money we can borrow and even the people we choose to date!
The potential consequences raise a valid ethical question as to whether or not this should continue as it has. Some have argued that these algorithms have and will continue to mask discrimination, undermine democracy and worsen inequality to name but a few examples.
It makes perfect sense that algorithms trained or operated in a world pervaded by discriminatory effects are likely to reproduce that discrimination. In the last week alone I have read about Senior job posts being advertised disproportionately amongst male audiences and face recognition technology struggling to identify those of us with darker skin.
What can we do to prevent the AI revolution turning into an exercise in reinforcing the status quo in more harmful ways?
“A lot of people are saying this is showing that AI is prejudiced. No. This is showing we’re prejudiced and that AI is learning it.”