AI Worries the Australian Human Rights Body
Sun, April 18, 2021

AI Worries the Australian Human Rights Body

The Australian Human Rights Commission claimed that AI and other new technologies could threaten human rights / Photo Credit: garagestock via Shutterstock

 

While artificial intelligence greatly helps in driving success in industries, experts remain skeptical of its long-term impacts. For years, many people have criticized how companies use AI. Some have proven that it can invade privacy and be a risk to personal security.

Recently, the Australian Human Rights Commission claimed that AI and other new technologies can “threaten human rights.” It released a report that warned governments that have not yet caught up with the pace of technological development. At the same time, they also questioned whether these technologies deliver what Australians need and want. 

According to SBS, Australia's multicultural and multilingual broadcaster, the human rights body reported that AI is being used to make decisions that unfairly disadvantaged people based on their race, age, gender, or other unique characteristics. “This problem arises in high-stakes decision-making such as social security, policing, and home loans. There is also emerging evidence that facial recognition technology generally is less accurate when identifying women and people from minority ethnic and racial groups,” the report said.

The Australian Human Rights Commission proposed to temporarily prohibit certain uses of facial recognition technology. This will last until an appropriate legal framework that protects human rights has been established. The agency believed that the country needs to uphold its principles more effectively in how AI is developed and used.

Edward Santow, the country’s human rights commissioner, stated that people are starting to realize their personal information can be used against them because of AI. "In the last year we've seen troubling examples of emerging technology being ‘beta tested’ on vulnerable members of our community, and we've seen AI used to make high-stakes decisions that have had serious human rights impacts on individuals both in Australia and overseas,” Santow said.