Will a Digital Bill of Rights solve machine learning and privacy issues?

AI-enabled systems now touch our daily lives, from image recognition to deciding if we like butter or not. Like a sleepwalking child, humanity seems to be blithely entering the age of the machine without true recourse or balance of needs. Humankind’s obsession with technology may be our downfall if we allow it to become our data overlord.

To help redress this balance, a new digital bit of rights is forwarded. But is a bill of rights enough to preserve privacy in an AI-enabled world?

The trouble with the all-seeing algorithm

But algorithms are nothing new. The concept of computing a group of variables and their possible inter-relationships to deliver output to solve a puzzle goes back to at least the ninth century. The algorithm has become an evocative word to describe technological advances in the 21st century. However, the application of the algorithm in tech and, in combination with intelligent information systems, is new. The trouble is algorithms come about because people define them. And people are naturally biased. 

Research in behavioral economics and evolutionary anthropology has repeatedly evidenced this human bias towards bias. In the book “Nudge: improving decisions about health, wealth and happiness,” the authors conclude that “Hundreds of

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