AI and ethics
You enrolled in this class because you were interested in AI and, since starting class, you have probably seen lots of examples of how AI can be used in the news. Many of these new stories focus on the negative, highlighting AI (or another automated system) where it made mistakes that affected someone or a group of people in a negative way. Unfortunately the news does not tend to show us any of the potential wins of using AI or automated technology!
For this final module of the AI class, we are going to learn about how we (as computer scientists and potentially AI researchers) can create and use AI in an ethical and responsible manner. While many of the negative impacts of AI and automation are unintentional, that does not make them any better or more tolerable! While you read and listen to the videos, think about ways in which these negative impacts could have been avoided in the first place. Would hiring a more diverse team have been enough? While it may be a good start, I doubt it is the full solution. We really need to think about the potential uses of our technology as we develop it and ensure that it is used wisely.