In 2020, let’s stop AI ethics-washing and actually do something

‘In 2019, there was more talk of AI ethics than ever before. Dozens of organizations produced AI ethics guidelines; companies rushed to establish responsible AI teams and parade them in front of the media. It’s hard to attend an AI-related conference anymore without part of the programming being dedicated to an ethics-related message: How do we protect people’s privacy when AI needs so much data? How do we empower marginalized communities instead of exploiting them? How do we continue to trust media in the face of algorithmically created and distributed disinformation?

Sign up for The Algorithm — artificial intelligence, demystified Enter your email Also stay updated on MIT Technology Review initiatives and events?YesNo But talk is just that—it’s not enough. For all the lip service paid to these issues, many organizations’ AI ethics guidelines remain vague and hard to implement. Few companies can show tangible changes to the way AI products and services get evaluated and approved.’ Karen Hao via



No, The World Is Not Headed Into A Quantum Computing Future

A contrasting, and more negative perspective than most, on Quantum Computing. Subhash Kak via The National Interest.



The changing face of identity management

‘As we have become more reliant on digital interactions that rely on identities, new and unprecedented security challenges have been raised. We need to be able to trust the device, the networks and the user; even though we can often no longer see who or what that is. Identity has become a crucial weakness that hackers are exploiting’. Jim Ducharme via