Shneiderman Proposes National Algorithm Safety Board

Shneiderman Proposes National Algorithm Safety Board

Shneiderman Proposes National Algorithm Safety Board

Dr. Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland professor and founder of the Human Computer Interaction Lab, proposes a National Algorithm Safety Board at the May 2017 Turing Lecture.

"Such algorithms are already deeply embedded in many aspects of our lives. They do such things as setting prices on stock markets, flying aircraft on autopilot, calculating insurance risks, finding you an Uber, and devising routes for delivery trucks. In the future they’ll be used increasingly for even more critical tasks, such as controlling self-driving cars and making medical diagnoses." - Quartz Media

With the increased responsibility given to algorithms, there are increased risks. According to Shneiderman, it's time for the government to provide oversight for high-stakes algorithms.

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