Why AI needs Thoughtful Policymaking?

Education Technology Insights | Thursday, September 20, 2018

Comprehension, care, and caution are critical in the case of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems to facilitate treatment for everyone in a reasonably balanced manner without discrimination between groups of people. With AI, man's interaction with machines and the ecosystem is undergoing drastic development. However, the potential of AI is still chiefly unexplored, exemplified by the recent incident wherein AI chatbots were autonomously interacting among themselves in their language unbeknownst to their inventors.

AI requires ethical consideration among policymakers, researchers, and academic and business leaders for implementing the judicious use of AI to benefit one and all without disparity and malicious intent. A set of universal guidelines based on the ethical principles of equality, security, reliability, confidentiality, transparency, and responsibility should guide the creation of AI solutions to ensure thoughtful, trustworthy, and beneficial AI applications.

Analytical techniques to detect and address unjustified operations or prejudices are essential to counter the biases that have a high probability of being transferred from the human creator into the AI systems. Also, domain expertise in the design, operation, and evaluation of AI systems are crucial to ensure their accuracy. A regulatory ethics body, involving both public and private entities can ensure the responsible creation and use of AI. Robust feedback mechanisms to report functioning issues and assurance of transparency can build people's trust and willingness to adapt AI systems.

The constant rush to explore and innovate such as in the case of AI must abide by an ethical consideration towards the long-term constructive impact on the world.

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