Blog: Ethical guidelines for using artificial intelligence (AI) is what we need to demand from government…
Ethical guidelines for using artificial intelligence (AI) is what we need to demand from government and firms asking for our business. Ethical guidelines are key for mitigating the main risks of AI algorithms.
And this is why:
- AI algorithms are not evil nor are their users. The risks are mostly in the unintended consequences of using AI algorithms. It is one thing if AI is being used for planning purposes but it is another if used to make deterministic decisions about individuals. Ethical guidelines can specify the use and the overide mechanisms available to those impacted. This will also protect from knee-jerk reactions to use the AI algorithms for something they were not intended to be used for.
- Predictions are only as good as the data we use. Data in the vast majority of industries are biased because it represents historical human decisions. AI predictions will have these biases baked-in. But “aggregated” across a large number of decision makers and over time may be less baised than any one person. The question is, therefore, whether the AI algorithm is more or less biased than the “business as usual” approach prior to the use of AI. In other words, AI algorithms have the potential of reducing racial and ethnic disproportionately. Ethical guidelines can help ensure the right trade offs are considered and documented.
And to state the obvious, ethical guidelines should be public, easy to find and understand (jargon-free), and concrete to be useful.