AI in Worcester: Risk and reward as city expands use of technology

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WORCESTER ― Artificial intelligence has “extraordinary promise” and “extraordinary risk.”

That was the message delivered by Renée Cummings, the keynote speaker at Monday’s 38th annual meeting of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau held at the DCU Center.

Cummings is an artificial intelligence, data and tech ethicist, and the first data activist-in-residence at the University of Virginia’s School of Data Science.

On one hand, Cummings believes AI holds tremendous promise to improve our lives. But the risk, according to Cummings, is the data that humans feed into AI algorithms can be flawed because humans have inherent biases.

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