Engineers at Amazon created an AI hiring tool they hoped would change hiring for good, and for the better, by bypassing the biases and errors of human hiring managers.
Instead, the machine simply learned to make the kind of mistakes its creators wanted to avoid. It’s a good example of how AI is only as smart as the input it gets.
If biases are present in the data, machines will learn and replicate them. On the flip side, if AI can identify the subtle decisions that end up excluding people from employment, it can also spot those that lead to more diverse and inclusive workplaces.
via The New York Times, 10 March 2020See More
Where our scientific knowledge is insufficient and where theological answers fail to compel and convince us, philosophy remains a useful endeavour.
That doesn’t mean that all philosophising done at the frontier is useful, interesting, or worth listening to, however. Philosophy that is ignorant of science, or of the bizarre and arcane logical rules that science can often follow, will lead even the most brilliant of thinkers astray. To the speculative, curious mind, however, what is known today will never be satisfactory. Until science makes those critical advances, philosophising will be a necessary tool for gazing beyond today’s frontier.
Which is why Cranlana’s programs draw on more than two millennia of philosophical thinking to foster in-depth, practical discussions that sharpen critical reasoning and strengthen moral courage.
Forbes, 30 June 2020See More
Does AI—and, more specifically, conscious AI—deserve moral rights?
In this video thought exploration, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, ethics and tech professor Joanna Bryson, philosopher and cognitive scientist Susan Schneider, physicist Max Tegmark, philosopher Peter Singer, and bioethicist Glenn Cohen all weigh in on the question of AI rights.
via Big Think, 8 July 2020See More
The Saturday Sessions provide our alumni a way to extend their professional development and ‘top-up’ their Cranlana experience. The Saturday Sessions discuss different topical issues and explore ethical themes such as power, fairness, justice, trust and short- vs long-term thinking. Using the Cranlana method, these truly fascinating conversations about the things that matter are based…See More
Sometimes automation creates jobs and sometimes it destroys them. The point is that automation reshapes the workplace in much subtler ways than “a robot took my job.” Are creativity and human skills really enough to set us apart? The answer is yes, and no. Leaders need to recognise the difference and guide their actions accordingly.
via Medium/Future Crunch, 13 February 2020See More