Google takes AI stand

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Google pledged yes­ter­day that it will not use ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence in ap­pli­ca­tions re­lated to weapons, sur­veil­lance that vi­o­lates in­ter­na­tional norms, or that works in ways that go against hu­man rights. It planted its eth­i­cal flag on use of AI just days con­firm­ing it would not re­new a con­tract with the US mil­i­tary to use its AI technology to an­a­lyse drone footage. The prin­ci­ples, spelled out by Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a blog post, com­mit the com­pany to build­ing AI ap­pli­ca­tions that are “so­cially ben­e­fi­cial”, that avoid cre­at­ing or re­in­forc­ing bias and that are ac­count­able to peo­ple. The search gi­ant had been for­mu­lat­ing a patch­work of poli­cies around these eth­i­cal ques­tions for years, but fi­nally put them in writ­ing. Aside from mak­ing the prin­ci­ples pub­lic, Pichai didn’t spec­ify how Google or its par­ent Al­pha­bet would be ac­count­able for con­form­ing to them. He also said Google would con­tinue work­ing with gov­ern­ments and the mil­i­tary on non­com­bat ap­pli­ca­tions in­volv­ing such things as vet­er­ans’ healthcare and search and res­cue.

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