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That's the blessed me, having an early morning conversation, just after my Fajr prayers, with this unique hero of the world. ''All on the marathon ahead.''

The momentum is building for the struggles ahead with a room at the bottom. Tanning's over a decade and a half is over. Let the great global students' inner health, beauty, and vitality shine through.

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I mention these names, because these heroes '' have a gift for picking the best of the past, and finding just the right way to to situate it in the present.''

But do they know that The World Students Society is powered by the glory of Almighty God.

FOR THE PAST DECADE - ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE HAS BEEN quietly seeping into daily life, from facial recognition to digital assistants like Siri or Alexa.

These largely unregulated uses of AI are highly lucrative for those who control them, but are already causing real world harms to those who are subjected to them : false arrests; health care discriminations; and a rise in pervasive surveillance that, in the case of policing, can disproportionately affect Black people and disadvantaged socioeconomic groups.

Researcher Timnit Gebru is a leading figure in a constellation of scholars, activists, regulators and technologists collaborating to reshape ideas about what AI is and what it should be. Some of her fellow travelers remain in Gig Tech, mobilising those insights to push companies towards AI that is more ethical.

Others, making policy on both sides of the Atlantic, are preparing new rules to set clear limits on the companies benefitting from most automated abuses of power.

Gebru herself is seeking to push the AI world beyond the binary of asking whether systems are biased and instead focus on power: who's building AI, who benefits from it, and who gets to decide what its future looks like.

GOOGLE IS A WORLD LEADER IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE research - an industry forecast to contribute $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030, according to accounting firm PwC.

Google hired Timnit Gebru in 2018 to help ensure that its AI products did not perpetuate racism or other societal inequalities. In her role, Gebru hired prominent researchers of color, published several papers and highlighted biases and ethical risks, and spoke at conferences.

She also began raising her voice internally about her experiences of racism and sexism at work. But it was one of her research papers that led to her departure, ''I had so many issues at Google,'' Gebru tells TIME over a Zoom call. ''But the censorship of my paper was the worst instance.''

In that fateful paper, Gebru and her co-authors questioned the ethics of large language AI models, which seek to understand and reproduce human language.

Gebru's paper suggested that, in their rush to build bigger, more powerful language models, companies including Google weren't stopping to think about the kinds of biases that could entrench existing inequalities, rather than help solve them.

It also raised concerns about the environmental impact of the AIs, which use huge amounts of energy.

In the battle for AI dominance, Big Tech companies were seemingly prioritizing profits over safety, the authors suggested, calling for the industry to slow down. ''It was like, You built this thing, but mine is even bigger,'' Gebru recalls of the atmosphere at the time. ''When you have that attitude, you're obviously not thinking about ethics.''

Gebru's departure from Google set off a firestorm in the AI world. The company appeared to have forced out one of the world's most respected ethical AI researchers after she criticized some of its most lucrative work. The backlash was fierce.

The dispute didn't just raise concerns about whether corporate behemoths like Google's parent Alphabet could be trusted to ensure this technology benefited humanity and not just their bottom lines.

It also brought attention to important questions : If artificial intelligence is trained on data from the real world, who loses out when that data reflects systemic injustices? Were the companies at the forefront of AI really listening to the people they had hired to mitigate those harms?

And, in the quest for AI dominance, who gets to decide what kind of collateral damage is acceptable?

One day, after our Zoom call, on the anniversary of her departure from Google, Gebru launched the Distributed AI Research [DAIR] Institute, an independent research group she hopes will grapple with how to make AI work for everyone.

''We need to let people who are harmed by technology imagine the future that they want,'' she says.

''Feeding the AI systems on the world's beauty, ugliness and cruelty, but expecting it to reflect only the beauty is a fantasy,'' Abeba Birhane and Vinay Prabhu, quoted in Gebru's paper.

The Honour and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on upright and great humans of the class of Gebru, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Billy Perrigo and Nik Popli.

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