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We have already talked about AI here. We have emphasised their innovativeness and the possibility of exploiting them to simplify daily activities.

2018 was definitely the year of AI, Artificial Intelligence. AI has shown its full potential in the different areas of science and technology, from data analysis in the fight against terrorism, medical research to space missions; big data and supercomputer promise to revolutionise our lives.

But there is a “small” problem… The power of Artificial Intelligence systems, if badly managed, could become very dangerous.

And we are not talking about the risk of killer robots roaming around our cities shooting at everyone, but with “subtle and just as dangerous” usages of already existing applications.

Accidents Without Driver

The cyclist who was killed last March in the United States by one of the Uber driverless cars has reopened the debate on the actual maturity of this technology.

The car’s driving system was not able to correctly identify and classify the victim as a “person on a bicycle”, it could have mistaken it for a fluttering plastic bag and then knowingly overwhelmed it.

A programming error therefore, which could have been avoided with relative ease. But who verifies the effective security of autonomous driving systems? Who should take responsibility of giving a license to robots? From a regulatory point of view the confusion around this is still ongoing.

Influenced By The BotThe Cambridge Analytic scandal, which broke out in March 2018, highlighted the effective capacity of social media to drive people’s political consciousness by giving more prominence to certain news and certain sources of information at the expense of others.Mark Zuckerberg himself, during a hearing before the United States Senate, promised the world the creation of artificial intelligence systems able to block the spread of fake news, both in textual and video format. Facebook should begin testing this technology in the coming months, during the elections that will be held in Nigeria and South Africa.

 

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