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Google Establishes an External Supervisory Board for Artificial Intelligence

Google has set up an external counsel to ensure that Google does not violate its guidelines with artificial intelligence.

In the summer of 2018, Google laid out a series of ethical guidelines for the development and deployment of artificial intelligence (AI). For example, AI should not be used for weapons or other technologies aimed at injuring people.

The new supervisory board consists of experts in the fields of computer science and mathematics to philosophy, psychology, reasoning and foreign policy.

The council is called the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council. Among other things, the group must ensure that Google applies its face recognition and self-learning algorithms fairly.

Such algorithms are known to be inclined to take over prejudices of today’s society. Because texts with which artificial intelligence is trained are peppered with prejudices, they are also copied by the computer.

The council consists of senior employees from universities such as Oxford, Berkley and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Nevertheless, Google immediately gets the criticism of one of the members: Kay Coles James, president of the Heritage Foundation. This conservative think tank has close ties with the American Republican party. Google would like to keep the links warm for future AI legislation.

However, the appointment of James is being complained about because the Heritage Foundation president has recently been very negative about transgender people, immigrants and the environment.

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