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May 20, 2019

Democratization of AI is the Future

By Paul Lee, M.D.

The AI arms race

Artificial General Intelligence will become the most powerful and beneficial technology of our time. AI research and development has come a long way since the 1950s, and it’s becoming exponentially more advanced day by day. Although we have a long way to go before we are able to create AGI or super intelligent AI, referred to systems that are able to perform general intelligent action or any intellectual task that a human being can perform, today’s AI technology is already changing the world.

One prominent example of such technology is facial recognition software. This powerful technology has the potential to help law enforcement locate and capture dangerous criminals, and/or aid in finding missing persons. On the flipside however, an authoritative entity or government with this tool could use it to track and monitor every one of its citizens, violating a fundamental human right to privacy.

Factors for an ethical future of AI

The most important factors for scientists, researchers, engineers, entrepreneurs, and policy makers to factor into AI development are ethics, transparency, security, and inclusion. As deep learning systems led the second wave of AI with brute force statistical computations, the third wave of AI will require the ability to contextualize information and reason logically. In this new and upcoming wave of AI, ethics will be just as important as data and computing power. Since ethics and morals are not black and white, inclusion will play a critical role in ensuring that AI technology is built and used for the benefit of many, rather than for a few. A global system should include data that represents everyone, and such systems should be secure and transparent.

Recent and developing technologies such as blockchain show promise and potential for architecting AI systems that can ensure security and transparency.

Transparency will be an absolute necessity, on two levels. The first level of transparency should be regarding the internal operations of the system, or how the artificial intelligence engine derived its conclusion to a specific task. The second level of transparency should revolve around how the AI tool is used. Without the minimum two levels of transparency, it’s difficult to gauge if an AI system is being used for malicious purposes.

Recent and developing technologies such as blockchain show promise and potential for architecting AI systems that can ensure security and transparency.

Democratization as a solution

First and foremost, the development of AI requires diversity from talented individuals everywhere. We should aim to incentivize those individuals to participate, no matter their specialty, in order to create a benevolent system that can make positive impacts for billions of people. The greater the diversity of participants, the greater our combined resources to affect change. Next, instead of limiting participants to those in AI development, we will enable international participation, regardless of language, education, religion, work or social class. With contributors inputting data and ideas from every corner of the world, we can progress as one, rather than in siloed efforts seeking solely to dominate.

Though no one presently has a perfect solution to achieve a future in which AI is used for the progress and benefit of all humanity, we have a vision at Mind AI, that democratization is needed to ensure a world in which no single entity dominates while in possession of the most powerful invention of the millennia. Mind AI is leading the next generation of AI development by creating a natural-language based AI reasoning engine that will be able to read any text, understand its context, and logically reason with it. Our reasoning engine learns through accumulating ontologies, or knowledge, from the diverse and open community of participants, giving everyone an opportunity to have a voice. Mind AI is an intelligence of the people, brought to life by the people, for the advancement of all.

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Democratization of AI is the Future

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