University Of Guelph Launches AI Ethics centre amid growing debate around data privacy, bias

Dec 17, 2018

Graham Taylor is a NextAI Academic Director

The University of Guelph is launching a new hub for artificial intelligence to grapple with ethical questions amidst growing concern around issues of privacy, bias and human-machine interaction.

Zeroing in on the moral side of everything from medical imaging to automated credit card approvals, the Centre for Advancing Responsible and Ethical Artificial Intelligence (CARE-AI) aims to bring together experts to study and teach humanist approaches to AI.

Graham Taylor, a machine learning expert named as the centre’s academic director, says AI carries the seeds of both harm and progress, depending on how it’s nourished.

“There has to be, with any AI, essentially a tradeoff between what you can do with the technology and how much you’re willing to violate people’s privacy in order to achieve those technological objectives,” Taylor said in an interview.

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