Where: Tech Crunch, “Microsoft launches new AI tool to moderate text and images“
Who: Shomir Wilson, assistant professor in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST)
What: A Tech Crunch article about Microsoft’s new moderation tool mentioned research led by Shomir Wilson, assistant professor in the Penn State College of IST. The featured tool, called Azure AI Content, uses AI models trained to detect inappropriate content across images and text, according to the story.
Wilson’s research team found that the algorithms that drive the AI used for things like smart assistants contain significant implicit bias against people with disabilities. Pranav Venkit and Mukund Srinath, authors of the study under Wilson and doctoral students in the Penn State College of IST, said their findings may help developers to be mindful of potential prejudices.