Landmark Oxford forum sees agreement on ‘tech-lash’, but not new laws and regulations to address it

Author Safiya Noble told AI conference attendees that existing laws and regulations for algorithmic bias are “woefully out of touch.”

Oxford computer scientist Mike Wooldridge doesn’t lose sleep at night over killer robots, because as he says, developers still can’t get software-based artificial intelligence to tell a proper joke or an interesting story.

But as Wooldridge and colleagues celebrated the achievements of machine learning alongside 500 academics and entrepreneurs last year, speaker after speaker returned to the field’s recent problem areas: from biased algorithms and fake news to privacy breaches and automation-related job losses.

“There is a boatload of ethical challenges in front of…

Barney McManigal

Barney McManigal is a journalist and political scientist who teaches at the University of Oxford

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