May 29, 2023
Māori question AI data source
A leading Māori data scientist says the rapid progress of artificial intelligence technology is raising challenging questions about data sovereignty and especially indigenous data.
Te Taka Keegan, an associate professor of computer science at the University of Waikato, says AI can be viewed as computers that think.
At the moment AI programs can’t think for themselves, but respond with what seems to be an answer based interpretation of the large data sets fed into them.
If people are going to ask questions in te reo Māori prompts in te reo Māori, questions of Māori data sovereignty will arise.
“The first question has to be where does it get its information from and then how can we make sure its information isn’t misappropriated and how can we build systems that are built on our own information, information we approve?” Dr Keegan says.
He says rather than fear that AI will take over the world, people should give programs like Chat GPT a try to see how it could benefit them.