Ai: Ban The Algorithms That Threaten Our Human Rights, Says Un Chief

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet delivers a speech at the opening of a session of the UN Human Rights Council, Sept, 13, 2021, in Geneva.

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The United Nations Human Rights chief on Wednesday called for a moratorium on the sale of và use of artificial intelligence technology that poses human rights risks -- including the state use of facial recognition software -- until adequate safeguards are put in place.

The plea comes as artificial intelligence develops at a rapid clip, despite myriad concerns ranging from privacy khổng lồ racial bias plaguing the emerging giải pháp công nghệ.

"Artificial intelligence can be a force for jualkaosmuslim.comod, helping societies overcome some of the great challenges of our times. But AI technologies can have sầu negative, even catastrophic, effects if they are used without sufficient regard to lớn how they affect people’s human rights," U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said in a statement Wednesday.


United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet delivers a speech at the opening of a session of the UN Human Rights Council, Sept, 13, 2021, in Geneva.
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Bachelet's warnings accompany a report released by the U.N. Human Rights Office analyzing how artificial intelligence systems affect people's right lớn privacy -- as well as rights khổng lồ health, education, freedom of movement and more.

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"Artificial intelligence now reaches into lớn almost every corner of our physical & mental lives và even emotional states," Bachelet added. "AI systems are used to determine who gets public services, decide who has a chance to be recruited for a job, và of course they affect what information people see và can nội dung online."

The report warns of the dangers of implementing the technology without due diligence, citing cases of people being wrongly arrested because of flawed facial recognition tech or being denied social security benefits because of the mistakes made by these tools.

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While the report did not cite specific software, it called for countries to lớn ban any AI applications that "cannot be operated in compliance with international human rights law." More specifically, the report called for a moratorium on the use of remote biometric recognition technologies in public spaces -- at least until authorities can demonstrate compliance with privacy and data protection standards và the absence of discriminatory or accuracy issues.

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The report also slammed the lachồng of transparency around the implementation of many AI systems, & how their reliance on large data sets can result in people's data being collected and analyzed in opaque ways as well as result in faulty or discriminatory decisions. The long-term storage of data & how it could be used in the future is also unknown and a cause for concern, according khổng lồ the report.

"Given the rapid và continuous growth of AI, filling the immense accountability gap in how data is collected, stored, shared & used is one of the most urgent human rights questions we face," Bachelet said.

"We cannot afford to lớn continue playing catch-up regarding AI -- allowing its use with limited or no boundaries or oversight, & dealing with the almost inevitable human rights consequences after the fact," Bachelet said, calling for immediate action lớn put "human rights guardrails on the use of AI."

Digital rights advocacy groups welcomed the recommendations from the international toàn thân, especially as many nations lag in implementing federal laws surrounding artificial intelligence.

Evan Greer, the director of the nonprofit advocacy group Fight for the Future, told ABC News that the report further proves the "existential threat" posed by this emerging technology.

"This report echoes the growing consensus aước ao giải pháp công nghệ và human rights experts around the world: artificial intelligence powered surveillance systems like facial recognition pose an existential threat to lớn the future human liberty," Greer told ABC News. "Like nuclear or biological weapons, technology like this has such an enormous potential for harm that it cannot be effectively regulated, it must be banned."

"Facial recognition & other discriminatory uses of artificial intelligence can bởi vì immense harm whether they're deployed by jualkaosmuslim.comvernments or private entities like corporations," Greer added. "We agree with the UN report's conclusion: there should be an immediate, worldwide moratorium on the sale of facial recognition surveillance giải pháp công nghệ & other harmful AI systems."

Multiple studies have sầu indicated that facial recognition technologies powered by artificial intelligence have the potential of racial bias & false negatives. Just last summer, a Black man in Michigan was wrongfully arrested & detained after facial recognition giải pháp công nghệ incorrectly identified hlặng as a shoplifting suspect.