The Dark Side of AI #4: The Recruitment Revolution, The Fight for Medical Privacy, and AI's Alarming Potential in Biochemical Warfare
Following the encouraging news from the coalition of Microsoft, OpenAI, Google, and Anthropic, and after witnessing how AI is enhancing the lives of over 30,000 people in India, and aiding in the discovery of new antibiotics, it's time to be reminded of The Dark Side of AI...
The COVID-19 pandemic paved the way for remote recruitment through videoconferencing, but now, AI is revolutionizing the hiring process by eliminating the need for human recruiters as a whole.
Startups like Paradox and Mya are at the forefront of this change, specializing in the development of chatbots. These chatbots are designed to pre-screen job applicants for positions that attract a high volume of candidates. They do this by asking straightforward questions and automatically weeding out incorrect responders. Major companies like McDonald's, Wendy's, CVS Health, and Lowes are already using this technology. But here's the catch: some folks are finding themselves disqualified because they didn't answer in the "exact" manner the chatbot's language model expected.
This means that these chatbots might be ruling out individuals who are fully qualified, but don't communicate in flawless English or type quickly enough. In some cases, candidates are being dismissed based on criteria such as typing speed, leading to concerns and complaints.
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has recently raised alarms about the use of AI in the medical field. What's the cause for concern? In May, five hospitals within Perth's South Metropolitan Health Service decided to use ChatGPT to document patients' medical records. This move not only violated medical confidentiality but also opened a Pandora's box of potential issues.
But that's not all. Some doctors have reportedly taken it a step further, using OpenAI's chatbot to make diagnoses and even decide on drug prescriptions and treatments. This risky practice has ignited a debate on the need for stricter regulations and oversight.
If the AMA's proposed regulations on AI were to be enacted, every patient would need to be informed and provide explicit consent before AI could be used for diagnosis. The question now is whether this measure will gain traction and become law.
In the realm of healthcare, the potential applications of AI are vast and promising. But what if this same technology were to be harnessed for more sinister purposes, such as designing biochemical weapons? This alarming possibility has been brought to the forefront by leading figures in the AI community.
Yoshua Bengio, Professor of AI at the University of Montreal, Dario Amodei, CEO of the startup Anthropic, and Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, have all voiced their concerns about this risk. During a congressional hearing, these three prominent experts expressed their fears that the breakneck speed of AI development could allow rogue states or terrorists to utilize the technology to craft biological weapons.
Considering the recent discussions about the possibility of reviving genes from the past, AI's capabilities could extend beyond merely creating biochemical weapons. It could potentially forge weapons of an entirely new kind, ones against which no one would have immunity.
At the end of the day, good news in the AI world can easily open the door to bad news. The Bright Side and the Dark Side of AI are just two sides of the same coin. So don't forget to follow our Discord, and our Twitter, to make sure you don't miss any of the latest developments.
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