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Pay Users to Spot Bias in AI, Say Top Researchers


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Fears have grown that algorithmic bias could result in discriminatory outcomes for certain groups.

Leading researchers has proposed a novel initiative to make artificial intelligence more trustworthy: offer users monetary rewards in exchange for spotting bias in algorithms.

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Leading researchers at institutions such as OpenAI, Google, and the U.K.'s Alan Turing Institute and University of Cambridge have proposed a system of financially rewarding users to spot bias in algorithms.

The concept was inspired by the bug bounty programs created to encourage software developers to look for flaws. Potential users could include artificial intelligence (AI) researchers with direct access to algorithms, the public, and journalists who encounter apparent bias in everyday systems.

Cambridge's Haydn Belfield said incentivizing users to rigorously check AI systems could help identify problems earlier in development, while OpenAI's Miles Brundage suggested monetary rewards would encourage developers to spot issues not covered in public documentation.

The Alan Turing Institute's Adrian Weller said financial compensation could encourage greater transparency on algorithmic bias, but cautioned that full transparency could reveal how to exploit such systems.

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