Can We Make Our Robots Less Biased Than We Are?

Jason Borenstein

Posted November 22, 2020

External Article: New York Times

A report co-authored by Jason Borenstein, Director of Graduate Research Ethics Programs and Associate Director of the Center for Ethics and Technology in the School of Public Policy and Ayanna Howard, chair of the School of Interactive Computing, was mentioned in the article, "Can We Make Our Robots Less Biased Than We Are?" published Nov. 22, 2020 by the New York Times.


“Given the current tensions arising from police shootings of African-American men from Ferguson to Baton Rouge,” Dr. Howard, a leader of the organization Black in Robotics, and Dr. Borenstein wrote, “it is disconcerting that robot peacekeepers, including police and military robots, will, at some point, be given increased freedom to decide whether to take a human life, especially if problems related to bias have not been resolved.”

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