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Study: Only 18% of Data Science Students Are Learning AI Ethics


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Just 15% of university instructors and professors surveyed are teaching artificial intelligence ethics, while only 18% of students surveyed say they are learning about the issue.

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A survey by the software firm Anaconda found that only 15% of university instructors and professors are teaching artificial intelligence (AI) ethics, and just 18% of students say they are learning about the issue.

In the survey of 2,360 data science students, academics, and professionals from more than 100 countries, nearly half of respondents said the biggest issues to address in the area of AI and machine learning are the social impacts of bias or privacy.

Just 15% of respondents said their organization has a fairness system in place, and only 19% said an explainability tool has been implemented.

Said the researchers, "Of all the trends identified in our study, we find the slow progress to address bias and fairness and to make machine learning explainable the most concerning. While these two issues are distinct, they are interrelated, and both pose important questions for society, industry, and academia."


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