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    Heritage President Kay Coles James, was slated to represent conservatives on an advisory council set up by Google to discuss the future of artificial intelligence. She would have brought valuable insights, but Google disbanded it. Why?

    It was reported that hostile liberal employees pressured Google; they smeared Kay as an “outspoken bigot” who supports policies that “dehumanize and marginalize.” Google employees commented on an internal discussion thread that because she disagrees with them on immigration policies and LGBT issues, she is similar to an “avowed racist” or a “white supremacist”.
    They aren’t calling Kay this because of who she is – an African-American woman who overcame segregation to become one of the most successful female conservatives in America. They are calling her these names because of what she believes and because she represents your voice and your concerns. If you disagree with them, they will try their best to shut you down. When they censor Kay, they censor us all.
    You can show them that conservatives won’t be silenced. Your gift will make conservative voices heard, from the tech sector in California to the halls of Congress, Heritage will be your voice.
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    This is in my wheelhouse and it's more complicated than the single OP.

    Google (Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Tesla, every other company with artificial intelligence R&D) wants desperately to get government contracts.

    When Google first tried to "weaponize AI for the US military," vocal Google engineers, without whom AI doesn't survive, said they didn't want to be working for a defense contractor.

    Artificial Intelligence is slated to take over decision-making from humans. It's a similar strategy to outsourcing American labour to India.

    Using artificial intelligence, face recognition, mapping algorithms, and machines like unmanned drones, warfare liability can be dehumanized.

    Black boxes don't lose life and limb and get PTSD or return from combat to lie in the streets of Seattle, unemployed.

    This particular lady was selected by Google to be part of an independent checks and balance system to provide human oversight to Google's automation of weaponry.

    She's collateral damage. Google employees, for the most part, don't want the independent council and because the employees are gifted AI engineers, any other company would employ them at the drop of a hat. That's power.

    I predict that Google will hire sub-optimal engineers for their AI defense contracts because, quite frankly, AI is a swell buzzword like "bitcoin," "blockchain," and, "the cloud," and won't benefit from top-flight engineers anyway.

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    Google Quietly Disbanded Another AI Review Board Following Disagreements

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    After facing criticism for including two controversial members in its AI ethics board, Google told Vox that it's [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. "The inclusion of drone company CEO Dyan Gibbens reopened old divisions in the company over the use of the company's AI for military applications," reports Vox.

    But it's Heritage Foundation president Kay Coles James who proved most controversial due to her company's hard line stance on immigration and LGBTQ rights.

    Thousands of Google employees signed a petition earlier this week [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. From the report: The board survived for [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. Founded to guide "responsible development of AI" at Google, it would have had eight members and met four times over the course of 2019 to consider concerns about Google's AI program. Those concerns include how AI can enable authoritarian states, how AI algorithms produce disparate outcomes, whether to work on military applications of AI, and more. But it ran into problems from the start.

    Board member Alessandro Acquisti [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. Another member, Joanna Bryson, defending her decision not to resign, claimed of James, "Believe it or not, I know worse about one of the other people." Other board members found themselves swamped with demands that they justify their decision to remain on the board. The panel was supposed to add outside perspectives to ongoing AI ethics work by Google engineers, all of which will continue. Hopefully, the cancellation of the board doesn't represent a retreat from Google's AI ethics work, but a chance to consider how to more constructively engage outside stakeholders.
    Here is Google's statement on the matter: "It's become clear that in the current environment, ATEAC can't function as we wanted. So we're ending the council and going back to the drawing board. We'll continue to be responsible in our work on the important issues that AI raises, and will find different ways of getting outside opinions on these topics."

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