Fears have been raised about the future of artificial intelligence after a robot was found to have learned ‘toxic stereotypes’ from the internet.
The machine showed significant gender and racial biases, including gravitating toward men over women and white people over people of colour during tests by scientists.
It also jumped to conclusions about peoples’ jobs after a glance at their face.
‘The robot has learned toxic stereotypes through these flawed neural network models,’ said author Andrew Hundt, a postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Tech who co-conducted the work as a PhD student working in Johns Hopkins’ Computational Interaction and Robotics Laboratory in Baltimore, Maryland.
‘We’re at risk of creating a generation of racist and sexist robots but people and organisations have decided it’s OK to create these products without addressing the issues.’ Read more…