Brad Smith’s thoughts also go in the same direction. The President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft Corporation emphasizes that it is important for people to decide what computers can do. Therefore, ethical principles should be established. “AI systems must be fair and there must be some kind of accountability for those who develop AIs. Before we adopt new laws to deal with AIs, we need to be aware of the universal values that should be protected by the AI principles,” says the trained attorney in his book, The Future Computed.
Are occupations with a certain pretense also worth protecting according to these principles? In any case, according to Mary Gray, artificial intelligence generates many jobs that are rather tedious. For pattern recognition, AI needs huge amounts of input. The anthropologist, author and researcher at Microsoft Research fears that this input must be recorded by countless so-called click workers. “The greatest paradox of artificial intelligence is that it has a reputation for taking work off our hands. In doing that however, it generates an unlimited amount of new work – repetitive work that isn’t particularly multifaceted,” Gray writes in the Neuen Zürcher Newspaper.
An AI is as helpful or as threatening as the algorithm behind it, stresses Carla Hustedt. The Bertelsmann Stiftung political scientist sees a great danger in a kind of monoculture in algorithmic systems. If, for example, every Human Resources department were to use the same system, the same people would always be discriminated against. “We need a diversity of algorithms,” she writes in an article for the Austrian Standard, “and that also means that it’s not just young white men who design technology.”
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