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Facing the Urgent Challenge of Regulating Artificial Intelligence

Recently, Stanford Researchers Michal Kosinski and Yilun Wang trained a machine powered by artificial intelligence (AI) to detect sexual orientation of people to an accuracy of 81%, simply by scanning photos of faces. Kosinski and Wang only created the algorithm to highlight the potential and potential dangers of AI; however, in a world where the persecution of homosexuals is still widespread, the backlash against their creation was fierce. Our JPSP paper warning that sexual orientation can be predicted from faces is now available at https://t.co/d1AAc6t67O pic.twitter.com/6E5cfPYx7m — Michal Kosinski (@michalkosinski) September 8, 2017 It’s “junk science” that “threatens the safety and privacy of LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ people alike,” said gay advocacy groups like Glaad and the Human Rights Campaign. They have “invented the algorithmic equivalent of a 13-year-old bully,” wrote Greggor Mattson, the director of the Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies Program at Oberlin College. In the wrong hands, such software could threaten the freedom […]

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