Tech Policy

Joint Center Joins Politico Roundtable on AI Bias

Joint Center Technology Policy Director Dr. Dominique Harrison joined a Politico roundtable entitled What’s Next for AI? 2021 and Beyond. During the roundtable, moderated by Politico tech reporter Emily Birnbaum, Dr. Harrison explored questions such as how does “data and AI can play a role in creating or perpetuating racism and bias—what practices can be implemented to mitigate this?” and “what ethical and legal safeguards need to be put in place in the use of AI for both commercial and government purposes?” The full description of the conversation is below:

“In the past decade, artificial intelligence has quickly integrated itself into every part of our lives from its use in digital assistants, such as Siri to smart replies in emails and screening of job applications and home mortgages to tracking the spread of COVID-19, and facial recognition technology used by law enforcement. How will AI evolve in the next decade–what are the trends to watch? What will the US need to do to remain competitive on AI relative to other world powers, especially China? What should be the focus of AI development from now through 2030 in both the private sector and the federal government? How has the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the use of AI across all sectors? Also, data and AI can play a role in creating or perpetuating racism and bias—what practices can be implemented to mitigate this? What ethical and legal safeguards need to be put in place in the use of AI for both commercial and government purposes?”

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