We should all be worried about synthetic data

Making up the world through made-up data

Synthetic data – the use of AI to create datasets that mimic real world data – is rapidly becoming a much bigger part of our daily lives. But this form of data raises critical philosophical and ethical questions that will shape the future for all of us, write Mikkel Krenchel and Maria Cury.

 

There’s a data revolution happening and nobody is talking about it. It revolves around synthetic data. Unless you work in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), you may have never heard of it. But this rapidly growing form of data raises critical philosophical and ethical questions that will shape the future for all of us. First, what is synthetic data? There are many types, but the basic premise is the use of AI to create datasets that mimic real world data. These datasets can then be used to feed the insatiable need for data that trains machine learning algorithms to make better predictions. Instead of training algorithms on messy, expensive real-world data rid

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Anna Taylor 1 30 May 2022

AI is really the technology trend of the future, it makes us think about alternative technology.