In recent years, Facebook has increasingly relied on artificial intelligence to handle everything from suggesting friends to detecting scams. However, while the social media giant is charging ahead with the technology, it may also be leaving itself vulnerable to the harms associated with it. According to multiple reports this week, Facebook is disbanding the team responsible for the safety of its AI initiatives.
For its part, Facebook said that most of its Responsible AI team will move to other departments and “will continue to support relevant cross-Meta efforts on responsible AI development and use.”
“We continue to prioritize and invest in safe and responsible AI development and these changes will allow us to better scale to meet our future needs,” a spokesperson for the company told Reuters.
Despite these assurances, reports from earlier this year suggested that the Responsible AI team was already a “shell” with little power to change anything. As the world becomes more aware of risks posed by AI, many leaders are debating how to set guardrails and rein in the technology. But despite that, Facebook has seemingly taken the opposite path. Time will tell if that’s as big a blunder for the company as it seems at first glance.
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