Artificial intelligence (AI) is potentially the single most disruptive technology of the digital era, as enterprises explore ways to harness machine learning (ML) and other AI tools to mine customer insights, identify talent and secure corporate networks. And while IT departments can quickly roll out and benefit from most technologies, evidence suggests that CIOs should exercise extreme caution when implementing AI, including employing technologies with strong ethical considerations.
The reason? AI suffers from a big bias problem. In one example, Amazon.com scrapped a recruiting tool after it failed to fairly rate women for software developer jobs and other technical posts. In another example, MIT and University of Toronto researchers found that the company’s facial recognition software mistakes women, especially those with dark skin, for men.
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