Ok so the web-sphere tech industry is talking about Microsoft and ICE and folks I need you to start really understanding that there is a wholw entire tech industry that barely even knows what Github is.
The DoD was one of Microsoft's biggest customers for a LONG ASS TIME. Like back to me being in high school long.
As recently as 2015, the US Navy threw a crapload of money at MS to extend long term support of Windows XP.
Having spent a lot of time over the past several years thinking about and studying ethics in technology, the more I am convinced that the discussions about ethics in technology have a major, irreconcilable blind spot.
“If you are neutral in the face of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor,” as Desmond Tutu summarized.
Our discussion about eliminating bias in AI is an aggressive march towards neutrality. Our measure of fairness is a line drawn too early.
Maybe we shouldn’t be trying to eliminate bias in AI. Maybe we should be designing for bias in the favor of the oppressed. Worth thinking about.