Artifical Ethics
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Artifical Ethics

Artificial Ethics

We venture into the world of AI and consider the ethical implications and applications.

Will our future overlords be moral and just?

We will be considering how morality is used in the automated world from now and into the future, looking at various thought experiments, and pondering ethical culpability and responsibility when things go wrong!


Our topics on Artificial Intelligence and Ethics will include (but not be limited to)

  • What do we mean by Morality (short version, reference other streams for more info)
  • What is Artificial Intelligence?
  • When do we regard something automated as an A.I.?
  • Privacy – ethics around large scale data collection – Social Media, Cookies, CCTV
  • Whether we can ever trust machines to make “ethical” decisions autonomously
    • Some examples of giving machines ethical problems and not properly configuring the ethical engine with awful suggestions provided (though they would work).
  • How Machines can affect current social issues
    • Inclusive of Social Media and how FB and TW have this automod stuff that bans people for harmless comments or stuff they said 7 years ago, yet outright bigoted and hateful comments are left untouched even when reported
  • The effect on the economy
    • i.e. how do we distribute wealth created by autonomous machines
  • Who is responsible for any consequence of a machine’s actions?
    • Automated Trolley Problem example
      • Tracks made by one company
      • Engine by another
      • Circuits by another
      • Programming by another
    • Something goes wrong causing the death of people that could have been avoided, Who’s to blame?

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