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"Duality in Algorithms" Roundtable Forum: technology for good should be people-oriented | Sohu Tech 5G&AI Conference

On May 17, the "2021 Sohu Tech 5G&AI Conference" organized by Sohu Technology, with as the strategic support media, was held in Beijing. The Conference gathered experts and leaders in the industry to discuss the cutting-edge development and application of 5G and AI technologies.

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 The roundtable discussion in the afternoon focused on the "duality in algorithms", with the theme of "People Trapped in Algorithms: What Kind of AI Does the Society Need", and invited Professor Chen Changfeng, Executive Vice Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication of Tsinghua University, Tian Feng, founding Dean of SenseTime Intelligent Industry Research Institute, and Zhang Hao, the CTO of HuoLaLa, to participate in the discussion.     


During the discussion, Zhang Chaoyang, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Sohu, also interacted with guests offstage and onstage, which triggered a heated debate about the goods and bads of AI technology. This roundtable was chaired by Zhang Yijia, founder and CEO of Jazzyear, a technology think tank.


How should we view algorithms? Chen Changfeng believed that algorithms are developed to solve problems, find solutions and make decisions. Tian Feng said that algorithms are necessary tools and processes to help mankind evolve. While Zhang Hao said that algorithms are the refinement of rules, which can bring to fruition the intention of the user in a perfect and flawless manner, or in other words, they serve the rule makers.


Zhang Chaoyang mentioned in his interaction with the panelists that AI is an extension of the human brain, which greatly improves efficiency, and then generates an explosion of great power. But after that explosion of power, it will definitely bring about ethical and legal problems. "I think the biggest problem right now is individual privacy." added Zhang Chaoyang. He also said that when technology develops in an uneven and explosive manner, especially with sudden developments, relevant ethics and laws must be developed concurrently in tandem.


Regarding the relationship between AI and technology for good, Ms. Chen said that initially, people use technology, and thereafter technology becomes an extension of people. She believed that technology should be led by good people, that technology for good is people-oriented technology, and that the bottom-line principle should be people-centricity.


Tian Feng believed that machines should be treated as if they were human beings, thus they should be endowed with correct ethics and values to enhance the overall well-being of the society.

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