The UN human rights office has released a report
on the risks of AI technologies to human rights. Its head, Michelle
Bachelet, wants safeguards against the abuse of such technologies
before they get too widely deployed.
Such technologies are increasingly being used for automated decision
making by both companies and governments, in ways that can impact
people’s lives in a major way: for example, to control access to social
security benefits, health, education, or to identify criminal suspects
for arrest. When mistakes are made in these areas, the consequences can
be catastrophic for the individuals concerned. And the tendency to
secrecy on the part of those using such technologies doesn’t help.
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