DeepMind, which fuels artificial intelligence projects at Google-parent Alphabet, now has a full-fledged ethics division. The new unit will carry out research across key themes ‘privacy, transparency and fairness , economic impact: inclusion and equality’, ‘governance and accountability’, ‘AI morality and values’ and more. This comes shortly after Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in media interviews that AI is the future of Google but there are “deep, real concerns” that need to be addressed still. Also Read - Google Play Store announces blanket ban on Sugar Daddy apps over sexual contentAlso Read - Google, Facebook make vaccination mandatory for employees returning to office
Pichai had stressed upon the importance of self-regulation within the tech industry for AI to positively impact the world. The DeepMind Ethics & Society will study the impact of new technologies, particularly AI, on society and corporate power. It has been set up in the wake of increasing concerns surrounding robotics and smart technology that threatens to go out of human control. Pichai too had highlighted that fact that companies should be careful about not building things they cannot control in the future. ALSO READ: Sundar Pichai is clear that AI is the future of Google, but warns against concerns Also Read - Fake Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) Lite APK links going viral on the internet: How to spot them
“We hope to contribute to the thriving field of AI ethics and social impact through original interdisciplinary research… Our research themes reflect the key ethical challenges that we believe exist for us and the wider AI community,” DeepMind explained. Incidentally, Google and DeepMind are members of an industry-founded ‘Partnership of AI to Benefit People and Society’ that also includes other tech behemoths like Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, and so on. ALSO READ: Google I/O 2017: Artificial Intelligence-first finally becomes a things
Google had acquired UK-based DeepMind in 2014 just as AI was beginning to enter public consciousness. The startup specialized in creating machine-learning algorithms for simulations, e-commerce and games. While it is regarded among Google’s top, most-successful acquisitions, DeepMind terrified the tech world last year, when a smart robot it built defeated famous Asian board gamer Lee Se-Dol in the Go series. It led to deep questions on how AI could spiral out of control and pose a threat to humankind. Pichai, thus, is clear that “ethical approaches” are the way to go in an “AI-first” organization that Google is turning into now.