AI can be as impactful on our health, safety, and well-being — in positive ways or in negative ways — as a new medicine or a new machine. We have to make certain that AI systems have been through comparable degrees of safety tests similar to those that would be used on tangible new products and are not reliant on discriminatory data sources.
It is disturbing to read computer scientist Janelle Shane’s statement, “Multiple companies already offer AI-powered résumé-screening or video-interview-screening services, and few offer information about what they’ve done to address bias.”
Are these screening systems increasing or decreasing racial discrimination in hiring? Apparently, no one knows.
We need stronger vetting for and protections against bias and discrimination by AI. Technologists and policymakers should do more work to ensure that AI is equally beneficial to all groups and not compounding racial discrimination.
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