Replace AI with Automation”

Emily M Bender:

I think that discussions of this technology become much clearer when we replace the term AI with the word automation”. Then we can ask:

  • What is being automated?
  • Who’s automating it and why?
  • Who benefits from that automation?
  • How well does the automation work in its use case that we’re considering?
  • Who’s being harmed?
  • Who has accountability for the functioning of the automated system
  • What existing regulations already apply to the activities where the automation is being used?

October 3, 2023

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