New York City wants to avoid bias in AI and other algorithms, and it's creating a role primarily to ensure that equal treatment. Mayor Bill de Blasio has issued an executive order creating a position for an Algorithms Management and Policy Officer. Whoever holds the position will make sure that city algorithms live up to principles of "equity, fairness, and accountability," the Mayor's office said.
The position is more of an oversight role for ethics across all of the city's government, including in areas where tech might only have a limited presence. Algorithmic bias can lead to racial discrimination, underfunding for projects, or other serious problems no matter how unintentional. A dedicated officer theoretically ensures that AI and similar tech will empower everyone, not just certain groups.
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