Government officials are increasingly relying on complex algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) to make important decisions, ranging from welfare and immigration to criminal justice and even marriage licenses, according to a recent investigation by The Guardian. The investigation highlights the uncontrolled and often haphazard manner in which such cutting-edge technologies are being deployed across Whitehall, with at least eight departments and several police forces using AI for a variety of purposes. However, the investigation also reveals that some of these tools may produce discriminatory results.
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