New York City needs to stop bias in different algorithms including AI, and it is making a role majorly to guarantee that equal treatment. Bill de Blasio (the Mayor) has launched an executive order generating a position for an Algorithms Management and Policy Officer. Whoever has the position will operate inside the Office of Operations for Mayor and act as both a go-to resource for algorithm policy and a designer for algorithm rules. This individual will make certain that city algorithms follow the principle of “fairness, equity, and accountability,” the office of the Mayor claimed.
The officer will have the assistance of steering and advisory committees that will respectively draw on appointed city officials and public members to “boost the conversation” surrounding the algorithms. To place it different way, the algorithms officer must have a better knowledge of how algorithms are imposed in the actual world.
It is not yet obvious who will grab the place.
This is notably different from other tech programs by NYC, but it is not shocking. This is more of an oversight job for ethics all over the city’s government, comprising in regions where tech may only have a restricted access. Algorithmic bias can result in underfunding for projects, racial discrimination, or other serious issues no matter how accidental it might be. A devoted officer theoretically makes sure that AI and analogous tech will empower everybody, not just specific groups.
Speaking of NYC, Uber is not the only one taking action against NYC to ask for looser policies for ridesharing drivers. Lyft has taken legal action against NYC in an attempt to end a policy that restricts the amount of time drivers can “travel” in Manhattan without passengers. The 31% limit on cruising time is based on “unreliable, outdated data” for most cars before 11PM from the Taxi and Limousine Commission, Lyft claimed.