It may soon be illegal to pass he Turing test

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It may soon be illegal to pass he Turing test

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu May 09, 2019 12:07 pm

The Legislation That Targets the Racist Impacts of Tech
The New York Times
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The bill, called the Algorithmic Accountability Act and introduced last month by Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Cory Booker and Representative Yvette D. Clarke, is a good start, but it may not be robust enough to hold tech companies accountable.

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Because algorithmic models are incredibly complex, it can be hard for even their designers to know exactly how outcomes come about. But it’s possible to study their design and anticipate their results.

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The bill is a meaningful first step in addressing the problems with algorithmic decision-making. Companies must be pushed to consider and document what goes into algorithm design. They should be pushed, too, to come up with solutions. But the bill is lacking in three main areas.

First is enforcement. The bill largely relies on the agency responsible for consumer protection, the Federal Trade Commission, to issue and enforce regulations about what should be in companies’ impact assessments. The bill grants the F.T.C. new enforcement powers, including the power to require companies to “reasonably address in a timely manner the results of the impact assessments,” but the agency even now too rarely enforces its settlements with repeat privacy violators. Significantly, the bill does not clearly prohibit algorithmic bias or unfairness. It relies instead on the F.T.C. to do so, or on penalties set by existing consumer protection and discrimination law, which may not cover all forms of algorithmic bias.

Second, the bill lacks an avenue for meaningful public input. Technology companies often lack diverse voices and fail to adequately consider social impact, resulting in numerous fiascos — from Google’s image recognition algorithm that classified black people as gorillas, to Amazon’s job-recruiting engine that discriminated against women. In the United States, the typical impact assessment process, based on environmental law, includes an opportunity for public comments, but this bill would not require them.

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Third, the proposal needs to mandate at least some public transparency for the results of impact assessments. If the results of assessments aren’t public, we can’t learn anything from them. The bill is missing a way for insights to make their way back into broader policy discussions. For example, a common question about algorithmic bias is whether it is worse than human decision-making. Impact assessments can be a tool to help society figure this out — but not if they are kept secret.

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun May 12, 2019 3:13 pm

Uh oh. Russians. :o

Russians used ALGORITHMS to target black voters. :HoppingMad:

Artificial Intelligence and Algorithms: 21st Century Tools for Racism
Black Enterprise
Black activists and technologists are increasingly raising the alarm about what one has called ‘the new frontier of civil rights’—that is, growing concerns over inherent racism in artificial intelligence and computer algorithm technologies.

It was proven that algorithms behind many social media platforms were manipulated in an attempt to influence black voters. The released Mueller report outlined it plainly: Russian operatives deliberately targeted black activists online through social media—using the algorithmic technology behind online platforms to purposely cause dissension among black voters in the 2016 election (on page 32 of the Special Counsel’s report).

According to a report from Axios, these foreign actors gamed a number of tech platforms in addition to social media, including Google, PayPal, and Instagram.

“One of the reasons social media platforms continue to be exploited is because the opacity of algorithms being used make many of these fictitious posts or misleading campaigns go viral,” according to the Axios report.

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Great illustration don't you think? :BigGrin3:

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The answer is clear. Make algorithms illegal. :cowbell:
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Post by Pyrrho » Sun May 12, 2019 3:15 pm

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Post by Anaxagoras » Sun May 12, 2019 4:13 pm

Anything not mandatory is illegal.
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon May 20, 2019 10:52 am

Some institute constituted for the purpose of finding a crisis ...

The artificial intelligence field is too white and too male, researchers say
The Verge (Vox Media)
The artificial intelligence industry is facing a “diversity crisis,” researchers from the AI Now Institute said in a report released today, raising key questions about the direction of the field.
A CRISIS!

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