CompTIAWorld, Issue 6, Fall 2019

by Natalie Hope McDonald W h en Arizona officials invited Uber to test its self-driving cars last year, they didn’t anticipate that the innovative beta program would result in a headline- grabbing tragedy. But after a pedestrian in Tempe became the first known fatality associated with the autonomous technology, many jurisdictions put the brakes on similar programs as local legislators scrambled to find a way to regulate a technology that challenges our understanding of it. The Ethics of AI How the tech industry is navigating one of the most misunderstood and game-changing technologies of our time

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the umbrella term for smart technology that is already being programmed into systems and devices to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition and decision-making. What makes AI such a powerful tool is that it’s proving to operate much more accurately and faster than any human possibly could. As such, there are many ethical questions that surround not only how the technology is being developed, but how it will be used in the not-so-distant future. “Just like how there are benefits as well as concerns regarding every new technology that comes into picture, AI, too, has received its own share of credit and apprehension from the industry,” explained Amit Agrawal, founder and COO of Cyber Infrastructure (CIS), a custom software development


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