‘The next frontier in tech policy:’ IBM pushes business to help government develop A.I. anti-bias rules

https://fortune.com/2020/01/21/ibm-ai-regulation-bias-davos/ | January 21, 2020

IBM called for rules aimed at eliminating bias in artificial intelligence to ease concerns that the technology relies on data that bakes in past discriminatory practices and could harm women, minorities, the disabled, older Americans and others. As it seeks to define a growing debate in the U.S. and Europe over how to regulate the burgeoning industry, IBM urged industry and governments to jointly develop standards to measure and combat potential discrimination.

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