I Wonder if AI Will Understand Irony?

I hope so. Otherwise, the possible dissolution of a council created to help define ethics in AI because of 2 of the members holding views and positions that are EXTREMELY questionable, ethically speaking, will be lost on it:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613253/googles-ai-council-faces-blowback-over-a-conservative-member/

I mean, it’s almost laughable, if not so disturbing. One of the people is closely aligned with defense manufacturers, and the other an ultra-conservative who holds some very divisive, non-inclusive viewpoints. One could argue that they are trying to make sure all viewpoints are represented. However, I woud argue that when it comes to ethics, there are SEVERAL viewpoints that absolutely need to be excluded if we want AI that is going to be as non-biased and altruistic as possible.

This is a perfect example of why, when people say there is nothing to worry about with this stuff, my first thought is “you are clearly not paying close enough attention.” I’m relieved to know that several Google employees were, and are taking action.

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