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How AI Learns to Be Sexist

If I said you had a beautiful bot, would you hold it against me?



IT WON’T BE LONG BEFORE someone reports a case of sexual harassment by an artificial intelligence. Loutish AI behavior won’t reach the grotesque levels of a Bill O’Reilly or Harvey Weinstein, given that a software bot can’t exactly open its robe and demand a massage. But we’re entering an era when Siri-like conversational AI will be embedded in the workplace, listening and commenting from, say, speakers in conference rooms. Sooner or later, one of these bots will mutate into a personality right out of Mad Men, single out the youngest woman in a meeting, and tell her, “Hey, Sugar, why don’t you get us all some coffee so we can watch you walk across the room.”

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