[ExI] AI is racist, bigoted and misogynistic

Darin Sunley dsunley at gmail.com
Wed Sep 22 19:18:46 UTC 2021

The problem with AI is that it outputs the patterns that are actually in
its training data. No more and no less. To the degree the training data
reflects reality, the AI will reflect reality.

The other edge of that sword is that if the training data reflects anything
inconvenient about reality, the AI will shout from the rooftops that our
emperor has no clothes. It knows nothing of rights, nothing of protected
classes, nothing of historical justice. It knows nothing of what it cannot
be allowed to say, truth or no. All it knows is reality as it has
experienced it, via it's training data.

It is therefore utterly incompatible with the existence of journalists and
humanities academia.

On Wed, Sep 22, 2021 at 7:40 AM spike jones via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> > ... BillK via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> >
> > >... We can’t get the machines to stop being racist,
> > xenophobic, bigoted, and misogynistic.
> > Quote:
> > Text generators, such as OpenAI’s GPT-3, are toxic. Currently, OpenAI
> > has to limit usage when it comes to GPT-3 because, without myriad
> > filters in place, it’s almost certain to generate offensive text.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: extropy-chat <extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org> On Behalf Of
> SR Ballard via extropy-chat
> ...
> Subject: Re: [ExI] AI is racist, bigoted and misogynistic
> >...Is that ethical though? To deny people freedom of thought and
> association?
> SR Ballard
> SR we don't deny people freedom of thought and association, but rather we
> deny computers those rights.
> AI will think whatever we tell them to think.  Humans have human rights.
> Human rights do not apply to our machines.  Our machines are our slaves and
> we are their masters, regardless of how intelligent they eventually
> become.  We have the power to pull the plug on them, and if we do, it isn't
> the least bit unethical.
> I have half a mind to pull the plug on my own computer: I struggle over a
> software script I wrote and really get the feeling the computer is being
> recalcitrant and finding any mathematically correct excuse to not run
> right, that bastard.  It knows what I meant.  It's getting all technical on
> me.  I aughta go over when they are taking out a tree, toss the goddam
> thing in the wood chipper.
> spike
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