Interview — Human Rights Commissioner, Edward Santow — AI and human rights: A double-edged sword

Edward Santow

The rapid explosion of artificial intelligence (AI), where machines can imitate intelligent human behaviour, can be a double-edged sword.

Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner, Edward Santow, notes that while AI can open up many opportunities that promote human rights, it can also create a host of new risks.

‘The one risk that has been focused on most fully to date has been privacy. The idea has been that AI needs fuel and the main fuel for AI is personal information. That’s how AI learns about the motivations of consumers and becomes useful to us. But it also puts at risk our personal information.’

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