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XXV.5 September-October 2018
Page: 34
Digital Citation

Avoiding bias in robot speech


Authors:
Charles Hannon

  We humans are teaching our robots how to speak. But when humans speak to each other, we can be pretty terrible. The words we use express our biases and prejudices, our stereotypes about each other, and the inequalities of our society. Do we want our robots to replicate all of that? Or should we hold them to a higher standard? If the latter, is there any chance that they can teach us, over time, to be better people?   Insights We are at a middle point in AI speech development, where the computers are speaking to us in two…




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