There’s a lot to think about in Sam 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 does occur to me that bias is a byproduct of our attempt to replicate the world in our image. and these tendencies are a hangover from our primal past. In the discourse around these issues, people are being asked to evolve beyond the human self. Even those excluded because of bias, have their own biases. 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.
Should we not then, to be unbiased, include all of the biases?