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Medium | 09.11.16

Artificial intelligence is hard to see

Kate Crawford, Meredith Whittaker

D&S affiliate Karen Crawford wrote a compelling piece, sparked by Facebook’s censorship of “The Terror of War” photograph, on the social impacts of artificial intelligence.

The core issue here isn’t that AI is worse than the existing human-led processes that serve to make predictions and assign rankings. Indeed, there’s much hope that AI can be used to provide more objective assessments than humans, reducing bias and leading to better outcomes. The key concern is that AI systems are being integrated into key social institutions, even though their accuracy, and their social and economic effects, have not been rigorously studied or validated.

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