"The innovation of Al/ML is its ability to “do” things without “doing” things because they were “done” without a “doer.” Proxy discrimination (or algorithmic pricing) has the same real effects of discrimination (or collusion) but without any explicit human decision being made. The effect still happens in the world, but nobody is responsible. Nobody did anything. Nobody knows for sure how it happened or who was affected. The designers and users are granted plausible deniability. Al as alibi."
@rra bureaucracy does this too, but AI is usually owned and/or operated by a company more centralized and at larger scales
@gleemie That was my first response as well! Makes for an interesting comparison: society has much more experience with how to make bureaucracies accountable (due-process, objections, paper trails etc). What if AI was treated and regulated as automated bureaucracies rather than an ungraspable novelty?
@rra As if the AI was auto-born, but no. Its designers/developers or company shall answer to account-giving.
@rra Isn't this what Englebart meant in the MOAD when he (mis)speaks of "intellectual workers" of the future "backed up by a computer that was alive for you all day, that was instantly responsible" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJDv-zdhzMY&t=130s
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