Autonomous robots can be bigots. Short-term payoffs work on machines, too.

❝ Showing prejudice towards others does not require a high level of cognitive ability and could easily be exhibited by artificially intelligent machines, new research has suggested.

Computer science and psychology experts from Cardiff University and MIT have shown that groups of autonomous machines could demonstrate prejudice by simply identifying, copying and learning this behaviour from one another…

❝ Though some types of computer algorithms have already exhibited prejudice, such as racism and sexism, based on learning from public records and other data generated by humans, this new work demonstrates the possibility of AI evolving prejudicial groups on their own…

❝ The findings involve individuals updating their prejudice levels by preferentially copying those that gain a higher short term payoff, meaning that these decisions do not necessarily require advanced cognitive abilities.

Your new self-driving car might not take you to the polls if it thinks you won’t vote for Trump or one of his lackeys.

2 thoughts on “Autonomous robots can be bigots. Short-term payoffs work on machines, too.

  1. Geezer27 says:

    A patent Amazon has received would pair humans and machines. In this case, the humans would be in a cage. https://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon/amazon-has-patented-a-system-that-would-put-workers-in-a-cage-on-top-of-a-robot/ Illustrations that accompany the patent, which was granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office in 2016, show a cage-like enclosure around a small work space sitting atop the kind of robotic trolleys that now drive racks of shelves around Amazon warehouses. The patent was called “an extraordinary illustration of worker alienation, a stark moment in the relationship between humans and machines” by researchers who highlighted it in a study published Friday.
    See also news item: Seattle area’s last typewriter repairman dies at 96 https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/bob-montgomery-96-dies-seattle-areas-last-typewriter-repairman-had-the-write-stuff/

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