There’s a lot to think about in Mr Levin’s article. Most interestingly that there was no such thing as “neutral” AI.
The idea that you can do AI or technical ethics without a point of view is silly … The bias is deep inside the code.
It’s obvious but until it’s called out, you’re not looking for it. And if you’re not looking for it, things will continue unchecked. It occurs to me that bias is our attempt to replicate the world in our image. It’s a survival mechanism, a hangover from our primal past. It’s interesting that in the discourse around these issues, people are being asked to evolve. But even those excluded because of bias, have their own bias. Surely the point is not to exclude all bias. That’s like trying to exclude oxygen from water. If you exclude oxygen, it’s not water. So logically we must, to be unbiased, include all of the biases.
Is the threat of a general election an attempt to scare reluctant Tories into complying? Is Theresa May making the same calculation she made before she called the last general election, and trying to out flank Labour?
Mr Dunt offers a great analysis of psychopaths making deals. “They are shaking hands with knives held behind their back.” He is right when he says “not one person in this rabble believes a single thing they are saying. It is a godawful mixture of religious zeal, personal ambition and tribal lunacy.” And demonstrates what Mr Zimmer asserts in his article the “Tory elite has continued toying with the lives of millions across the continent in a boorish parlour game that demonstrates yet again the blatant disregard held by the UK ruling class towards working people.” No good will come from this.
The key point to note, and the circle that will never be squared, is the Good Friday Agreement. An internationally recognised peace agreement that is dependant on the United Kingdom being part of the European Union. The Tory elite will be responsible for the troubles that come.
There’s going to be a Jim Jarmusch zombie film. Can’t wait.