Profiles in Innovation: Editor of Wired Discusses AI, Blockchain, and Tech Trends

December.12.2017

Nicholas Thompson

Wired’s editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson is interviewed on tech trends with commentary by Annette Hurst, IP attorney on AI legal considerations.

Orrick:  AI can automate complex decisions and learn from its mistakes.  But those machines have also been shown to reflect and reinforce human bias.  How can companies avoid incorporating such bias into their machines?

Nick Thompson:  This is a fundamental issue in AI.  And this raises an important question: who gets to determine whether data is biased?  What you don't want to do is throw up your hands and say machines will find the truth.  Nor do you want companies to insert their own values and biases, since decisions made by these companies will shape our world...