AI literacy refers to the skills and competencies needed to interact critically and meaningfully with AI technologies and applications. It includes understanding the embedded principles and limitations of each version of AI programs and being able to critically evaluate – and question, when necessary – their context, design and implementations.
(Silvano 2023, AI literacy for everyone, DigiCo, https://digico.global/ai-literacy-for-everyone/)
Being AI Literate does not mean you need to understand the advanced mechanics of AI. It means that you are actively learning about the technologies involved and that you critically approach any texts you read that concern AI, especially news articles.
The following tool - ROBOT - can be used when reading about and using AI applications to help consider the legitimacy of the technology.
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To cite in APA: Hervieux, S. & Wheatley, A. (2020). The ROBOT test [Evaluation tool]. The LibrAIry.
It's important to think critically about why and how you use any new digital tool or source of information and to consider its limitations.
AI algorithms can perpetuate and amplify unfair outcomes due to societal biases ingrained in the massive amounts of data sets that are used to train an AI system, and by the algorithms that process that data.
AI systems often operate within a "black box," where there is limited to no information about the datasets used to train their AI or where they sourced these datasets. The purpose of transparent AI is to ensure that AI models can be explained, communicated, and held accountable for errors or harm caused.
AI poses a significant risk to individuals' intellectual property as generative AI models have used data that is not lawfully obtained. Soundbites, art, music, and literature are used and transformed into patterns and relationships, which are used to create rules, and then make judgments and predictions when responding to a prompt.
On the other hand Who owns the AI-generated art? Who can commercialize it? Who is at risk for infringement?