Ultimately, however, this appreciation for the power of humility—openness, transparency, and a reverence for the expertise of others—can’t be mandated from the top down. It must be built up from a cultural level, and thus requires an investment in educational efforts to instill them in the next generation of AI practitioners. Here at Stanford, political science professor Rob Reich co-created a course in the computer science department entitled Computers, Ethics and Public Policy, intended to augment the education of engineers with an awareness of their impact on people and communities, while Harvard computer science professor Barbar Grosz explores similar issues in a course called Embedded Ethics. These are encouraging signs of a shift in the way we educate not just tomorrow’s technologists, but business leaders, social scientists, and politicians. It’s my hope that universities across the world will be inspired to follow suit. … [Read more...] about An artificial intelligence scholar urges technologists to embrace humility
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Facebook, Twitter, Apple and Amazon, in deciding to deplatform Donald Trump over last week’s putsch, are neither moral nor immoral. They’re not resistance heroes for cutting bait, just like they weren’t crypto-fascists for the 99.8% of Trump’s presidency during which he weaponized their platforms. They’re amoral corporate entities whose political decisions are determined by everything but politics. To keep or ban Trump has always been a cold-hearted calculus of balancing risk and reward and nothing else. The ransacking of the Capitol tipped the scales. … [Read more...] about Too little, too late: The cynical calculus of banning Donald Trump
That said, Sephora could take things a step further by offering benefits that will retain these employees, Dobbins argues. Right now, Sephora’s policies adhere closely to what individual states require, but Dobbins suggests that offering benefits such as maternity leave and child care support that go beyond what’s required could go a long way toward retaining and advancing employees of color, who are most likely to benefit from such policies. … [Read more...] about Sephora has a sweeping new plan for combating racism. But will it work?