AI’s Grasp of Diversity May Begin With Who Builds It

June 28, 2016 By JIM KERSTETTER Last week, the magazine Science published a thought-provoking article about what sort of morality people would like their self-driving cars to have. In theory, people want machines that would try to save the greatest number of people in an accident. In practice, however, that noble sentiment might take a back seat to self-preservation, respondents to a series of surveys seemed to indicate. If you are the programmer of the software that runs autonomous vehicles, do you have to make the decision about who lives or dies? Now, a commentary in The New York Times’s Sunday Review asks a related and provocative question: Does artificial intelligence have a “white guy problem”? The piece, written by Kate Crawford, a principal researcher at Microsoft and co-chairwoman of…

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