The article, titled “Social Work and Artificial Intelligence: Into the Matrix,” was published on July 19 in Social Work. Goldkind asserts that, as a profession, social work must “claim a place in AI design and development,” to ensure this technology is implemented with ethical and just practices in mind.
From the article’s abstract:
Social work scholars have been interested in implementing a range of artificial intelligence (AI) tools for at least twenty years, from neural networks in child welfare for triaging caseloads to predicting recidivism in juvenile justice (Patterson & Cloud, 1999; Brodzinski, Crable, & Scherer, 1994). However, algorithmically enhanced projects and many of the practice improvements have remained largely a fringe phenomenon in social work praxis. While AI offers a panoply of opportunities to improve the human condition, AI tools simultaneously present significant moral, ethical and policy challenges. As AI proliferates across all sectors of industry, social work must claim a place in AI design and development, working to ensure that AI mechanisms are created, imagined, and implemented to be congruent with ethical and just practice.