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The IT Pro Podcast: Do we need AI regulation?

The debate around the value of development guardrails is growing increasingly heated

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In the modern world, AI is everywhere, powering a variety of applications from enterprise business intelligence tools to sorting through photos of our pets. But as the technology becomes more and more widespread, concerns have been raised about the potential dangers that could be posed by unrestrained AI development. 

Calls have been intensifying from campaigners seeking guardrails on how AI systems are developed, and the kind of use-cases they’re applied to, with opponents arguing that legislation governing AI development would only stifle innovation. Joining us this week to discuss the feasibility of AI regulation, the need for AI codes of practice and the responsibility of organisations to ensure ethical development is Cindi Howson, chief data strategy officer for analytics software vendor ThoughtSpot.

Highlights

"So one of the hot buttons in AI is really facial recognition. There are some issues, let's say, also with financial services and discrimination there. So if we think about some of the broad-based AI; facial recognition. Where we do not want it is we do not ever want to arrest somebody based on a match, a potential match, of a photo scanned from somebody walking down the street. That's invasive, it's a violation of privacy. And the degree of accuracy is not high enough, particularly with minority communities or people with darker skin tones."

"I mean, again, financial services. Let's take this: if you train your data, going too far back - and I lived in Switzerland for eight years married to a Brit. Because I was married, I was not allowed to have my own bank account. This is twenty five years ago. So if you trained your model on historical data going back 25 years, well, I'm going to look like a big credit risk, a bigger credit risk. So this is a problem. Now, a woman knows this rule deeply. If I only have male developers working on this, then I may not even think, Oh, wait, if I go too far back, that data is biased."

"So the first question, how do we stay on top of this, it has to be education. And education, not just for the data professionals, and the AI professionals, it is up to every citizen to understand the good of AI and the bad."

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