TECH NEWS – Shodan and GLaDOS might exist in the future; the UN alerts us.
They provided a report here. In it, the UN is calling for a moratorium on artificial intelligence systems “that pose a serious risk to human rights” until research and regulation have been made. The report comes after concerns that countries and businesses are adopting AI without proper diligence. Michelle Bachelet, UN’s high commissioner for human rights, wrote that artificial intelligence can be a “force for good,” stressing that it can still have a profoundly negative, “even catastrophic” effect if used without consideration.
The report analyses how artificial intelligence can affect human rights (privacy, health, education, and freedom of movement, expression, and assembly). “Artificial intelligence now reaches into almost every corner of our physical and mental lives and even emotional states. AI systems are used to determine who gets public services, decide who has a chance to be recruited for a job, and of course, they affect what information people see and can share online,” Bachelet wrote.
The report mentions that “one of the most urgent human rights questions we face” is how AI collects, stores, and uses data as it’s going through rapid growth. “The risk of discrimination linked to AI-driven decisions—decisions that can change, define, or damage human lives—is all too real. This is why there needs to be systematic assessment and monitoring of the effects of AI systems to identify and mitigate human rights risks,” Bachelet added.
The UN calls for significantly more transparency from companies and countries that develop and use AI systems. It doesn’t mean a ban. It only requests regulation and greater transparency. “We cannot afford to continue playing catch-up regarding AI—allowing its use with limited or no boundaries or oversight, and dealing with the almost inevitable human rights consequences after the fact. The power of AI to serve people is undeniable, but so is AI’s ability to feed human rights violations at an enormous scale with virtually no visibility. Action is needed now to put human rights guardrails on the use of AI, for the good of all of us,” Bachelet wrote.
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