Carnegie Mellon University

David Danks

February 04, 2019

Ethics should be integral to artificial intelligence development, says Carnegie Mellon expert

While advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are shaping society in both the short and long term, there can be negative consequences of this developing technology, said Carnegie Mellon University’s David Danks at an alumni event hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q).

“We have found that algorithms, which are supposed to be the epitome of objectivity, can be deeply biased,” said Danks, citing examples of the negative consequences of AI in fields such as policing and hiring. “At CMU, are trying to understand, in a deeply integrated way, the impact of the technology we are developing.”

Danks, who is the L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy and Psychology and head of the philosophy department at CMU’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, was part of a Carnegie Mellon leadership group visiting Qatar this week. The group included CMU president, Farnam Jahanian, and members of the Board of Trustees and CMU leadership.

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