Despite all the activities these digital assistants can complete, can we consider them intelligent? Should we be pushing the envelope further and attempting to make them think on their own? What does it mean to have computers that think, and if they could, what would they think of? Many believe this is a dangerous endeavor, and that we are just paving the road for our computer overlords. However, we should consider what we are creating, and are we creating to be better than us? There is something to be said about computers that use logic over emotion. They should be more practical and devoid of some of the less attractive attributes of human nature, namely prejudice, and bias. But are they?
The article below from the New York Times depicts the view of three women working to develop Artificial intelligence. They outline the bias that could creep its way into the technology and some of the impacts it can have.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/19/technology/artificial-intelligence-bias.html (Links to an external site.)
Read the article, then consider the following questions:
What are some of the major concerns addressed by the women interviewed?
What do you see as the significant contributors to the issues addressed?
What are some ways to mitigate bias when developing AI?