Tuesday, 5 April 2016
In today’s edition of The Straits Times, there was an article contribution by Associate Professor Lim Sun Sun from the Department of Communications and New Media at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Assoc Prof Lim discussed the trial of Ai Takagi and Microsoft’s launch of its latest artificial intelligence creation Tay to illustrate the powers and burdens of technology designers. She observed that in both cases, core societal values of peace, tolerance, mutual understanding and respect were undermined by extreme views that were released, unbridled, into public space. She noted that technology is paradoxical in its effects but never neutral, despite its seemingly mechanical logic and opined that Singapore’s designers, engineers, programmers and inventors must assiduously incorporate values into their innovation process, understanding, integrating and supporting the values that Singapore society deems paramount.
Click here to read the article.