AI Ethics Weekly – Jan 26: Wanted! A Human in the Loop.

AI Ethics Weekly – Jan 26: Wanted! A Human in the Loop.
January 25, 2021 LH3_Admin

While AI evangelists continue to drink the kool aid, it’s more apparent than ever that human intervention is critical to stop the unintended consequences of AI.

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Google targets AI ethics lead Margaret Mitchell after firing Timnit Gebru
Khari Johnson @kharijohnson
Google has revoked Ethical AI team leader Margaret “Meg” Mitchell’s employee privileges and is currently investigating her activity, according to a statement provided by a company spokesperson.

Following Attack on the Capitol, Reps. Eshoo and Malinowski Lead Dozens of Colleagues in Urging Tech CEOs to Fix Dangerous Algorithms.
Brandie Nonnecke @BNonnecke
In the aftermath of the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol, Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) and Congressman Tom Malinowski (NJ-7) sent letters to the CEOs of Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter urging the companies to address the fundamental design features of their social networks that facilitate the spread of extreme, radicalizing content to their users.

Online algorithms should face regulatory scrutiny, says UK watchdog
The UK’s competition watchdog has said the algorithms that underpin online content, including news, shopping, dating and travel, should be carefully monitored by regulators.

Keeping Humans in the Loop

Airbnb Used Facebook and Twitter to Weed Out Hate Groups
Ryan Mac @RMac18
For the past few years, a specialized team of about half a dozen employees within Airbnb has been assigned an urgent task: preventing white nationalists and other potentially dangerous fringe groups from renting homes on the site.

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