I was having a conversation with a friend after recommending they watch Coded Bias.

They were upset that the documentary was entirely critical of the use of machine learning (e.g. for predictive policing) and did not attempt to present the potential positive use of those technologies.

I got him to the point of understanding the core message of the film, that all AI, when applied to human decision making that affects other humans, is always a reflection of and amplifier of the existing values of the society, and thus reproduces the harms perpetuated by those values.

His response was that this idea is fatally flawed because, if AI is a proxy of human decision making, that means that the underlying argument is in fact that all forms of policing and all forms of political power are inherently unethical because they perpetuate harms.

Yes. Yes they are. That is precisely the point.

@vortex_egg for a real fun time, apply that logic to social justice efforts, and in particular to the conclusions being drawn from the piece in question.

I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'.

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A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.