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How to Build Ethical Artificial Intelligence Posted on : Jun 24 - 2019

The field of artificial intelligence is exploding with projects such as IBM Watson, DeepMind’s AlphaZero, and voice recognition used in virtual assistants including Amazon's Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google's Home Assistant. Because of the increasing impact of AI on people's lives, concern is growing about how to take a sound ethical approach to future developments. Building ethical artificial intelligence requires both a moral approach to building AI systems and a plan for making AI systems themselves ethical. For example, developers of self-driving cars should be considering their social consequences including ensuring that the cars themselves are capable of making ethical decisions.

Ethical Questions

Here are some major issues that need to be considered.

1. Should we be worried about the prospect of machines becoming more intelligent than humans, and what can we do about it?

2.     What needs to be done to prevent new AI applications from creating mass unemployment?

3.     How can an AI application such as face recognition be used for social control in ways that restrict the privacy and freedom of human beings?

4.     How can AI systems increase or possibly decrease social biases and inequality?

5.     What are the harms associated with the development of killer robots?

We need a general approach to ethics that can help to answer such questions.

Ethical Challenges

Applying ethics to artificial intelligence is difficult because of the lack of a generally accepted ethical framework. Here are some of the challenges that need to be dealt with to come up with ethical AI. View More