July 18, 2023 • Posted by dawn
WORDS BY SAVANNAH KUNOVSKY & EVAN BURTON & ESHA REDDY, VISUALS BY STEPHANIE SIZEMORE
In June, the National Eating Disorders Association decided to shut down an AI-powered chatbot called Tessa. “She” was supposed to serve as a 24-hour counselor for people dealing with eating disorders. Instead, psychologists and activists found Tessa was offering dieting tips.
In the me-first race to adopt AI and push new products out into the world, there are headlines everywhere that freak us out. Some 1,400 leading technologists are imploring companies in this technology arms race to pause. Sam Altman, CEO of ChatGPT maker OpenAI, has recommended the formation of a global consortium on the level of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to avoid the catastrophic outcomes that could result from the misuse of AI.
All of us are wondering what our future is going to look like, and companies aren’t quite sure where to draw ethical and legal lines around how to use these very new technologies in their own operations and offerings. (Some organizations have placed an all out ban on them.) The decisions we make today will shape our world and have reverberating impacts for generations to come. (Continued on IDEO: LINK BELOW)