Tag: ethics

Hypocritical ‘Guns of Omaha’ Take Aim at Robinhood

Back in February of last year, Robinhood ran their Super Bowl commercial arguing that investors aren’t made, but born.  That trading stock is as natural as sticking your thumb in your mouth and reaching for the mobile dangling over the crib. My reaction was not subtle.  I wrote that: “In an era where millions are […]

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Given what we know, how do we live now?

To truly engage the climate crisis, as so many at MIT are doing, can be daunting and draining. But it need not be lonely. Building collective insight and companionship for this undertaking is the aim of the Council on the Uncertain Human Future (CUHF), an international network launched at Clark University in 2014 and active […]

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7 Eco-Friendly Black Beauty Products for Earth Day and Every Day

Founder, Latrice left the corporate world to launch Liplove, a line of plant-based and cruelty-free beauty products. In addition to the bold lip shades, the line also includes body oils and the Lovestick, which does double duty as a lip and cheek balm. All of their ingredients are responsibly sourced.

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Black Florida High School Student Lands $4M In Scholarships, 27 Acceptances

Last October, he was Rutherford’s homecoming king, an honor apparently so pedestrian he didn’t even tweet about it. CBS Miami reports that he invented a device that’s worn on the wrist to help deaf and blind people communicate and is working on having it patented. But he does have an idea of what major he […]

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Learning to think critically about machine learning

Students in the MIT course 6.036 (Introduction to Machine Learning) study the principles behind powerful models that help physicians diagnose disease or aid recruiters in screening job candidates. Now, thanks to the Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing (SERC) framework, these students will also stop to ponder the implications of these artificial intelligence tools, which […]

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Dan Huttenlocher ponders our human future in an age of artificial intelligence

What does it mean to be human in an age where artificial intelligence agents make decisions that shape human actions? That’s a deep question with no easy answers, and it’s been on the mind of Dan Huttenlocher SM ’84, PhD ’88, dean of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, for the past few years. “Advances […]

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Biden May Change the Game in Big Tech Regulation

Could the tide be turning on our tacit acceptance of the role big tech plays in molding our minds? Last month President Biden declared, in his State of the Union address, that “we must hold social media platforms accountable for the national experiment they’re conducting on our children for profit.”   He credited the courage of Facebook […]

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Why the ethical use of data and user privacy concerns matter

Join today’s leading executives online at the Data Summit on March 9th. Register here. This article was contributed by Charlie Fletcher Data and its uses pervade the digital economy. From online data mining to AI/ML-enhanced analytics, the range of data sources and tools available on the web are boundless. For every digital user accessing applications, […]

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Can machine-learning models overcome biased datasets?

Artificial intelligence systems may be able to complete tasks quickly, but that doesn’t mean they always do so fairly. If the datasets used to train machine-learning models contain biased data, it is likely the system could exhibit that same bias when it makes decisions in practice. For instance, if a dataset contains mostly images of […]

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Congress Has Finally Concluded That Insider Trading Is Bad

On Wednesday, Representative Katie Porter and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand reintroduced the STOCK Act 2.0 to strengthen disclosure rules, increase the fine for failing to file transactions, and ban stock trading among members of Congress, the president and vice president, Supreme Court justices, and members of the Federal Reserve. “Few Americans trust that our government is […]

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The Hidden Logic of Ethical Innovation

How best to embed ethics and moral perspectives into the digital innovation process is today an urgent concern. Yet the pioneers in personal computer and software did not believe this complicated challenge required special analysis. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, seminal progenitors of today’s digital world, saw themselves as trying to bring the computer into […]

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3 Questions: Women’s rights and rising threats to press freedom worldwide

To Ada Petriczko, being born a woman can be a matter of life or death. Hailing from Poland, she reports on sexual violence and gender injustices around the globe. As a human rights journalist, her mission is to amplify the voices of women who have been systematically silenced by their communities and governments. Their stories […]

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The downside of machine learning in health care

While working toward her dissertation in computer science at MIT, Marzyeh Ghassemi wrote several papers on how machine-learning techniques from artificial intelligence could be applied to clinical data in order to predict patient outcomes. “It wasn’t until the end of my PhD work that one of my committee members asked: ‘Did you ever check to […]

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The ethics of the metaverse

We’re all in a rage about the metaverse, the universe of virtual worlds that are all interconnected, like in novels such as Snow Crash and Ready Player One. But we have a host of issues to consider when it comes to an ethical way to build and run the metaverse — before we plunge into it too quickly. That […]

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Ethics and ownership of AI-powered identities

With the tremendous advances in how AI/ML technologies are being deployed, one of the most exciting, controversial, and rapidly evolving advances relates to human voice. One particular example jumps out as encapsulating the complex of issues and emotions tied to AI-powered voices. Last summer, AI technology was used to give voice to some of the […]

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Let’s Oust Congress’s Stock Market Miscreants!

As the names of the competing Senate bills suggest, the operative word for reformers is “ban”—the very verb that should have been applied from the get-go to the practice of lawmakers using the scads of insider information at their disposal to make fast money. Both the Ossoff-Kelly and the Hawley bills would be a massive […]

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Biden’s Ambassadors Are Just the Same Ethical Failures

At the start of his administration last year, there were strong signs that Biden would make something of a clean break from Trump’s past. It was reported at the time that White House staff were actively discouraging donors who were quietly (and maybe not so quietly) trying to put their names forward for plum diplomatic […]

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The promise and pitfalls of artificial intelligence explored at TEDxMIT event

Scientists, students, and community members came together last month to discuss the promise and pitfalls of artificial intelligence at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) for the fourth TEDxMIT event held at MIT.  Attendees were entertained and challenged as they explored “the good and bad of computing,” explained CSAIL Director Professor Daniela Rus, […]

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