Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

The increasingly complex nature of artificial intelligence (AI) lends to it a sense of mystery and opacity, writes Quito Tsui. "Echoing the genre of myth, emerging technologies and discussions around them are today infused with a sense of incomprehensibility, or a fundamental inability to understand or audit the 'decision-making' of predictive tools, and an inviolable sense  that these technologies defy our mortal ethical frameworks." To 'tame' this mystification, Tsui argues that "it is vital to reorient the direction of AI" and "we should be explicit about the direction we want AI to face, the direction in which it should serve. By focusing the gaze of AI on responding to the needs of the global majority, and mobilizing AI for those purposes in a directed manner, we can reign in its mystical status." Interesting argument, useful conclusion.

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