Posts Tagged ‘data’

AI bias

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 2020

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big data

The world’s first guide on data ethics for brands has been launched to encourage companies to see the vital important of addressing the gap between what they can do and what they should do. For the industry, prioritising people over data is regarded as important for brands’ long-term licence to operate. Data ethics are, however, more than the bottom line. Big tech firms have come under increasing scrutiny for their collection and use of data, and the impact that’s had on everything from consumer choices in groceries to political candidates. Questions are being raised about who is building the systems, how they’re using the data and who gets to make these decisions.

August 2020

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virtue ethics

Discussions of ethics tend to focus on matters of conscious choice: which moral rules to follow, or advice on how to approach moral dilemmas. But a hugely significant part of ethics concerns what is unthinkable. You might, for example, be strapped for cash, but robbing the neighbours is unlikely to be an option for you. That’s because, whenever you deliberate, you have already ruled out all kinds of unthinkable possibilities. Some because you can’t contemplate them, some because you’re genuinely not aware of them.

Which brings virtues that by their nature restrict thought and imagination into tension with the prevailing spirit of the internet which operates on the principle that everything should be viewable and thinkable.

via Aeon Media, 17 May 2019

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Lead Moderator Peter Mares, who oversees Cranlana course development and moderates many of the programs, was part of the panel on The Drum  Thursday 18th July talking about housing pressures, food delivery services and data collection. https://iview.abc.net.au/show/drum/series/0/video/NC1907H119S00

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