Coding controls how we live – online and offline.
About a third of 1% of us can write it.
Think about what we’re doing right now. You’re probably reading this article. This article itself is – coded, and run on a web browser, which is code, run on a computer which is designed by code.
It’s a very exciting time to be living today. Everything we do is on the computer, and as we’re generating more data, we’re relying on it to make more decisions for us day by day.
Here is how artificial intelligence works. We give the computer a lot of examples and get it to write its own code with its own set of directions to follow. If we do not train it to consider a set of decisions to go into making more decisions, the computer will decide it is not relevant. For instance, the computer may decide the parties don’t have any hispanic people, if the input does not have any hispanic people.
Some call for a “data governance council” to ensure fair treatment and protection of personal data. Some have called for technology conferences to discuss the unintended consequences of technology.
For me personally, the technology really has not caught up to speed yet for us to worry. Of course, there are ethical concerns of deep-fakes, but to generate any working algorithm, data analysts have to comb through thousands of datasets pulling from hopefully a source that is statistically a good sample size.
I wouldn’t worry so much yet, but I would be mindful of the selective screening of information and as the algorithm on your online content viewership advances. This leads to a whole another conversation on polarization, populism, etc., that I won’t get into today.
Thank you for reading!