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AI is ‘a Fascist’s Dream’

SXSW 2017: Microsoft Research executive warns AI is ‘a fascist’s dream’ and could be abused

Artificial Intelligence has grown exponentially in the past few years. However, its advancements also bring with it the risk of abuse. Microsoft Research’s principal researcher Kate Crawford warned of the possibilities of AI and its subtly coded human biases likely being abused by authoritarian regimes. Speaking at SXSW in a session titled DARK DAYS: AI and the Rise of Fascism, Crawford cautioned that machine intelligence could possibly be used to further fascism.

Crawford also highlighted the “nasty history” of people using facial features to “justify the unjustifiable, warning that AI could incorporate the primary aspects of phrenology and other types of discrimination and mask it in a “black box” of algorithms.

“Just as we are seeing a step function increase in the spread of AI, something else is happening: the rise of ultra-nationalism, rightwing authoritarianism and fascism,” she said, the Guardian reported.

She also warned that AI could be used in creating registries which could be exploited by governments to target certain groups of the population. She outlined historical cases of such registry abuse, including IBM’s role in supporting Nazi Germany to reportedly track Jewish and other ethnic groups with the Hollerith Machine.

hmmm, well damn… that’s one way of looking at it.


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