When should we have the AI Playbook?

I read the recent article published on The New York Times about “How Surveillance Cameras Could Be Weaponized With A.I”.

“We face the prospect of an army of A.I. security guards being placed behind those lenses that are actually, in a meaningful way, monitoring us, making decisions about us, scrutinizing us.”

Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst at the A.C.L.U or The American Civil Liberties Union, a human rights advocate based in the United States.

You may have seen a recent video on how Chinese government is tracking people with CCTVs. The same could happen even in the United States in the future. As it’s impossible for humans to sit down for long hours to watch endless streams of videos, artificial intelligence (AI) will be useful in replacing humans to do this job.

The issue with AI is that we have a long way to go before it’s mature enough (estimated 30 years!). So in between, we’re stuck as we still need the cameras to track people especially bad people. Another issue that AI researchers is trying to fix is the unexpected discrimination issues in recent news which says that the facial recognition works better if you’ve lighter skin.

These are some of the reasons why we should have a playbook, or a regulations in place to set the ground rules on what should be the limits of AI when it comes to human surveillance.


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