This is the second of a two part investigation by Cori Crider for Al Jazeera on how artificial inteliigence is being used and the dangers it poses for human rights in today’s world.
The format is the same as last week’s episode, we have two parts, one is strictly documentary, and the other is a four person discussion about the issues involved in the first part.
In this week’s episode we see how policing in the US still bears the marks of its beginnings in the recapture and punishment of escaped slaves in the southern states.
Still today we can see this playing out with the over-policing of the coloured population on the streets of the US, and the AI which is configured on data obtained from that policing is also reinforcing it.
Towards the end the scene switches to China and the policing of the Uighers, a minority Muslim population, and we see how, just as in the US, these technologies are being used against minorities, and trained on them too.
The series ends on a hopeful note showing how AI is being used in some good ways in medicine and can be helpful if applied properly. This though is uncontroversial, the issue is how various states are using the tech to control their popultions, and in certain cases criminaise them.
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