Tech in 2021: Debate on AI ethics to zero in on human oversight and accountability

There are benefits to artificial intelligence technologies like this one which can predict the severity of pneumonia in a patient based on an X-ray image. But AI can also run amok with unintended outcomes.
There are benefits to artificial intelligence technologies like this one which can predict the severity of pneumonia in a patient based on an X-ray image. But AI can also run amok with unintended outcomes. PHOTO: CHANGI GENERAL HOSPITAL

SINGAPORE - The deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies will continue unabated. From automating driverless cars and factory operations to detecting cyber threats and fraud to predicting diseases and customer profitability, nations are looking to such technologies to lift economies ravaged by Covid-19.

AI seeks to simulate human abilities such as problem solving, learning, planning and predicting. The technology processes a vast amount of information to predict outcomes, and can do so faster and more accurately than humans.

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