Letter from the editor
Arguably more than any massive transformational technological epoch, AI has required more scrutiny of its ethical implications because of its breadth, real or perceived lack of explainability, and the uniquely dramatic impact it can have on people’s daily lives.
But ultimately, when we talk about ethics in AI, so often what we’re really talking about is power — who wields it, who doesn’t, and what that means for humanity.
Power can be won, or taken away. Power can be given, or taken back. And power in AI, it turns out, amplifies all of the power structures (and disempowerment structures) that already exist in business, government, and society.
Through the lens of power, we’ve found fresh insight for ourselves that we hope translates to the page, for you the reader.
In this issue
Bipartisanship in modern politics can seem kind of like a unicorn, but around the issue of facial recognition, we’re getting a glimpse of it.
Back in 1984, “The Terminator” warned viewers that networked AI could threaten human life. Today, we trust AI with personal data — perhaps too much.
Fractl created a fake marketing blog in less than an hour using publicly available AI tools. The implications for content on the web are frightening.
Game developers are gods of virtual beings. Players are demigods. But should we be?
We need to move past black-box models towards explainable white-box models that serve business needs, with an acceptable level of accuracy.
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