AI Killing the Poor, Taking Your Job – Take a Number Your Next

In a new book, Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks (click on image for more)

tech may bring benefits to some, but still has problems. In L.A., the algorithm that prioritizes homeless people for housing has, in fact, helped some people get housing or other assistance. After homeless people take a survey, they’re ranked, and the system tries to prioritize those who could most benefit from either short-term help with getting a rental or permanent supportive housing. But the algorithm doesn’t address deeper systemic issues. Thousands of others still don’t have a place to live. Eubanks says that program administrators see it as triage-a way to help make very difficult decisions in a humanitarian crisis, as if it were a natural disaster, which means they don’t look at it as a solvable problem.
Bottom-line – Clearly great examples of how algorithms “rules of thumb” can clearly discriminate by generalizing about human behaviors, complexities and needs. No doubt it will continue and expand as human operations will grow and eventually kill more and maybe you.