Will Artificial Intelligence Hurt the Poor?

Jesse Jackson one said that you can’t get into Heaven without a permission slip from the poor.  I guess robots really don’t care about the afterlife.

Author Virginia Eubanks’ new book, Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, discusses this issue in depth, covering the history of how automated algorithms have been used over the past 50 years or so to make big decisions that affect peoples’ lives. From her website:

Today, automated systems control which neighborhoods get policed, which families attain needed resources, and who is investigated for fraud. While we all live under this new regime of data analytics, the most invasive and punitive systems are aimed at the poor.

It looks like an interesting book, and I just put it on my Goodreads list.  As I try to perfect myself in virtue (oh, what a long way to go!), I see the wisdom of the Preferential Option for the Poor.  We should all strive to help those in most need in our society.

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