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Responsible AI

A Facebook Live series

Artificial intelligence technologies are rapidly advancing and are becoming increasingly pervasive in many facets of everyday life. Technologies, such as facial recognition, machine learning, and natural language processing are all growing in their applications for private and public use, and as their utility increases, so do questions about their social implications.

The AAAS Responsible AI Series, with support from Hitachi, aims to explore artificial intelligence technologies, their current capabilities, their ethical and policy implications, and the responsibilities of the scientists and engineers developing the technologies. Join us as we interview leading AI experts to debunk the myths and set the record straight about where development of these technologies is and where it is going.

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All events are at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

September 10, 2019: Facial Recognition and Social Responsibility

October 8, 2019: Intelligent Toys

TBD: AI and Health Data

Video Archive

Facial Recognition and Scientific Responsibility

September 10, 2019 | Original Announcement

Facial recognition is one type of artificial intelligence that is becoming ever more pervasive in our society. It can make our lives easier by accomplishing various tasks such as unlocking smartphones with just a glance, and automatically tagging our friends and family in photos on social media. However, many ethical, legal and human rights concerns exist about facial recognition, from inaccuracies in the technology to its application as a means of general surveillance. Given this, what are the responsibilities of developers and users to ensure facial recognition is transparently, ethically, and justly developed and applied?

AAAS Event Examines Readiness and Impact of Facial Recognition Technology on Society (AAAS News)

Children interact with toys designed with artificial intelligence-based technologies and are doing so in increasingly nuanced ways. Intelligent toys and other smart robots for children can deliver educational content, inspire emotional bonds, and even help children with autism build social skills. However, these devices also raise ethical, legal, and human rights concerns.

Additional Resources

  1. Executive Summary: Artificial Intelligence and Children's Rights (UNICEF Innovation and Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley, 2019)

Articles from the Science Family of Journals

  1. Improving social skills in children with ASD using a long-term, in-home social robot (Scassellati et al., 2018)
  2. Personalized machine learning for robot perception of affect and engagement in autism therapy (Rudovic et al., 2018)
  3. How artificial intelligence lets Barbie talk to children (DeMarco, 2015)
  4. Minds of their own (Service, 2014)

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