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AI Spreading Xenophobia and Racism

AI is It is unobjectionable that AI is the boon to the vitalizing industries. Every growing nation heavily relies on AI and machine learning to get a longer pace towards development. With the advent of tech, manipulation of various tasks is handed over to machines to get instant paybacks.

 

Humans are the main part of it, mainly influenced by robots and machine learning. As they utterly included AI in their numerous daily tasks. Be it – coffee making, hair styling, talking or even walking – everything runs around machines.

 

But, at the same time, people are getting afraid to be replaced by AI in the near future due to its extensive, quick, and flawless operations in each field. Companies are shifting their bulk of employees to a little number of machines to get everlasting benefits.

 

Let me ask you one thing. Have you ever heard about xenophobia and racism? Well, I’m pretty sure most of the answers are NO.

 

Xenophobia and Racism

 

A million-dollar question is, how AI can spread xenophobia and racism. This article is going to unleash some vague facts that we are unwittingly aware of.

 

AI and Xenophobia

 

Many countries are having a cold war with other nations can utilize AI to reinforce existing xenophobia dogma. For instance, a virtual border wall accompanied with sensors, cameras, machine learning, and Lattice technology can spot and identify a moving object from a distance.

 

Countries are ready to create such walls with their borders in case if a person illegally trying to cross it. If there happens a moving object to be a person crossing that border, the system will quickly alert the authorities.

 

Another technological intervention is Augmented reality which has long sounded like a new futuristic concept, but actually, the technology has been around for years.

 

This can facilitate to shrink illegal means of entering any country.

 

Arvind Narayanan, an assistant professor at Princeton and a data privacy expert told that:

 

I foreknow that in the coming time the debate on racial bias is only going to continue to increase in importance. The realization has changed that these are not specific exceptions of racial and gender bias. It is almost definitional that machine learning is on its way to pick up and amplify existing human biases. This issue is inescapable.

 

Likewise, Illah Nourbakhsh, a professor at Mellon University told that:

 

We live in a world where xenophobia or anti-immigration policies can actually lead to the technological enhancements in an odd way.

 

AI and Racism

 

Before moving on, let’s make something clear that emotions are associated with living beings only. We felt broken if someone tries to replace us due to their competence, good look, chicness, or any other reason.

 

Human emotions are what they make them who they are. There is categorically no comparison of a feeling with anything at any cost. They quickly get involved in a thing that makes them happy or even sad. Regardless of feelings, every human has notions towards everything they are allied to.

 

Similarly, an employee feels disrupted when he/she is replaced with another more capable person. If the person is not a living being but a machine, it causes more threaten to your job because you can never compete them.

 

AI is more productive and makes fewer errors. Henceforth, whether an AI is very little programmed, it can still do a lot better than a bunch of employees, ultimately leading to racism among the human race. We should now think that is mankind in danger with the AI evolution?

 

Racist Bots

 

The person associated with or a student of computer science definitely knows about the bot. It is an autonomous program in a network or in simple words robots. These are programmed to perform repetitive tasks that humans find time-consuming, mundane, and tricky.

 

There are bots to function in most of the forums and social media channels that highlight flags as the inappropriate content or comment and remove them from the channel.

 

But, on the same side, these are bots that deploy false statements over a status. Like in 2016, Microsoft deployed TayTweets trained for conversations on Twitter. This was very incredible to tweet to a large amount of textual data available every second.

 

But, the bot started to tweet misogynistic and racist comments within 24 hours.

 

xenophobia and racism

 

Who to blame then?

 

Risks to Humans

 

Threats at the level of humans can either from a beast or a machine. Humans are at the edge of hitting by some serious risks that will throw them to the deep dark voids. AI is ready to give this jerk.

 

Humans can get jeopardize by machines in try to preserve their own existence to do tasks on their own, hence endangering human lives. Humans are seeing the future of being under AI or in human zoos.

 

There is another sidebar challenge that the very technology which scientists are trying to develop can actually create greater distances between the people that needs attention through social interaction. As social interaction is the one thing that can increase the quality of life; especially of the elderly patients; the most.

 

Humans involvements in the decision loop can disseminate the precautionary measures. So when a dangerous situation arises, AI will be able to explain this and humans will be able to decide what to do. Instead of threatening human lives, they could even have the decision to shut down the systems.

 

The Axiom!

 

Now we are at the end of this article with some concluding remarks. The main point of this article is to highlight the ethical issues related to AI which is often snubbed. There needs a balance in training sets, users, and unskilled to understand that AI is based on mathematics. And we know that it is highly complex.

 

Based on the complexity, scientists need to control their operations over going beyond their strengths to open the black box. AI can be helpful and painful, depending on the attitude towards it.

 

So, take control and moving forward with a hand above it. Hopefully, our coming generations wouldn’t have to hear the spooky term xenophobia and racism.

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