Universities Should Encourage Scientists to Speak Out about Public Issues
Opioids. Fracking. Zika. GMOs. Scientists should be speaking up about all sorts of science-based issues that affect our lives. Especially now, when Trump administration officials tell us that climate change is debatable.
The nearly 60,000-member American Geophysical Union took the bold step of revising its ethics policy to treat harassment, discrimination and bullying as scientific misconduct, with the same types of penalties for offenders. Other scientific organizations have not adopted that standard.
Rapid developments in artificial intelligence and machine learning have enabled scientific racism to enter a new era, in which machine-learned models embed biases present in the human behavior used for model development.
Machine Learning Requires Careful Stewardship Says Royal Society
Urgent consideration needs to be given to the “careful stewardship” needed over the next ten years to ensure that the dividends from machine learning – the form of artificial intelligence that allows machines to learn from data.
Is it unethical for a Publisher to extract content from an academic author and commercially benefit from the sale of this without returning any of the economic gains back to the provider of that content or his/her employer?
Automation Will Force Governments to Introduce Universal Basic Income
Elon Musk believes artificial intelligence that is much smarter than the smartest human on Earth could result in dangerous situations. He argues that the government must introduce a universal basic income program in order to compensate for automation.
Philosopher and cognitive scientist David Chalmers warns about an AI-dominated future world without consciousness at a recent conference on artificial intelligence that also included Elon Musk, Ray Kurzweil, Sam Harris, Demis Hassabis and others.
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine says that the US research community needs to do a better job of both investigating misconduct allegations and promoting ethical conduct.