Do We Trust A.I. to Make the Right Decisions?

May 03, 2023

May 3, 2023

Chicago Booth Review: DTI COVID-19 researcher Sendhil Mullainathan, professor at the University of Chicago and faculty director of Chicago Booth’s Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence, appears among a panel of experts discussing human discretion, bias, and AI on this UChicago podcast.

Says Mullainathan, “When we think about whether AI will promote equity, I think one of the things I always think back to is people want to anthropomorphize technologies, especially these sort of artificial intelligence technologies, and I think in part because it has the word intelligence in it.

“People want to imagine these tools will have their own intelligence or humanity, almost, and so they want to know what these tools would do, but ultimately, they’re just tools, so whether AI in any context, system, social system, company, whether it promotes equity or not is going to simply be a consequence of the intentions of the people building these algorithms and their knowledgeability.”

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