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Artificial Intelligence Needs to Slow Down

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"It's going to be very difficult to have all these companies, out of their own goodwill, self-regulate." -Timnit Gebru

Credit: Wired

Timnit Gebru is a former Google engineer and cofounder of the nonprofit organization Black in AI.

In an interview, Timnit Gebru discusses incentives in AI research, the role of worker protections, and the vision for her planned independent institute for AI ethics and accountability. Her central point: AI needs to slow down.

"The incentive structure is not such that you slow down, first of all. Think about how you should approach research, how you should approach AI, when it should be built, when it should not be built," Gebru said. "I want us to be able to do AI research in a way that we think it should be done—prioritizing the voices that we think are actually being harmed."

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