Summary of Machine Intelligence Makes Human Morals More Important

TED Conferences LLC, more...

Watch the video

Machine Intelligence Makes Human Morals More Important summary
Machine intelligence is certainly smart, but don’t assume its decisions are unbiased or ethical.


8 Overall

9 Importance

8 Innovation

8 Style


Machine learning may seem like a perfect objective solution to subjective problems, but it’s not infallible. Techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci warns that auditing these highly complex systems is crucial to understanding how they arrive at decisions. Advanced algorithms calculate probabilities from analyzing huge amounts of data, but the process lacks the moral reasoning only humans can provide. getAbstract appreciates Tufekci’s heads-up as computers continue to assume much of society’s decision making.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why companies have begun to use computers to make subjective decisions,
  • What shortcomings machine learning exhibits and
  • Why humans must retain ethical control over computers.


Elaborate algorithms have improved computers’ abilities to perform human functions, such as recognizing human emotions and identifying liars. Thus, organizations increasingly...
Get the key points from this video in less than 10 minutes. Learn more about our products or log in

About the Speaker

Zeynep Tufekci, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina, is the author of Twitter and Tear Gas.

Comment on this summary

More on this topic

By the same author

Customers who read this summary also read

More by category