Questions tagged [ethics]

For questions on ethical issues related to AI. Questions may be concrete, such as ethical/unethical applications, or metaphysical, such as "will automata develop their own ethics?"

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How could self-driving cars make ethical decisions about who to kill?

Obviously, self-driving cars aren't perfect, so imagine that the Google car (as an example) got into a difficult situation. Here are a few examples of unfortunate situations caused by a set of events:...
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Could an AI feel emotions?

Assuming humans had finally developed the first humanoid AI based on the human brain, would It feel emotions? If not, would it still have ethics and/or morals?
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Could humans hurt a conscious or sentient AI?

If a conscious AI is possible, would it also be possible for someone who knows what they are doing to torture (or hurt) the AI? Could this be avoided? How? This question deals with computer based AI, ...
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Why isn't ethics more integrated into current AI systems?

I am a PhD student in computer science, and currently creating a state of the art overview in applications done in Machine Ethics (a multidisciplinary field combining philosophy and AI, that looks at ...
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How is the “right to explanation” reasonable?

There has been recent uptick in interest in eXplainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI). Here is XAI's mission as stated on its DARPA page: The Explainable AI (XAI) program aims to create a suite of ...
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Algorithms can be greedy. What are some other algorithmic vices?

Greedy algorithms are well known, and although useful in a local context for certain problems, and even potentially find general, global optimal solutions, they nonetheless trade optimality for ...
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How can we connect artificial intelligence with cognitive psychology?

Cognitive Psychology is one of the basic sciences of artificial intelligence (AI). The founder of the psychology is Wilhelm W.(1832-1920), who engaged in empirical methods,and was interested in the ...
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Can we destroy artificial general intelligence without its consent?

According to wikipedia Artificial general intelligence(AGI) Artificial general intelligence (AGI) is the intelligence of a (hypothetical) machine that could successfully perform any ...
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Why is it illegal for Google's autonomous car to drive on the road by itself?

If we have well designed autonomous AI vehicles, then why won't the USA government allow it to be witnessed in the public?
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Is it ethical to implement self-defence for street walking AI robots?

Would it be ethical to implement AI for self-defence for public walking robots which are exposed to dangers such as violence and crime such as robbery (of parts), damage or abduction? What would be ...
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Is it possible to build an AI that learns humanity, morally?

It is a new era and people are trying to evolve more in science and technology. Artificial Intelligent is one of the ways to achieve this. We have seen lots of examples for AI sequences or a simple "...
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How to define or represent evil in logic

Is there any well defined method to define or represent evil in abstract logic, binary or AI form? Video games method of representing evil is relative to the player context (thus subjective, and not ...
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What is the feminist perspective on artificial intelligence?

Feminism is known as foremost as a social movement which criticizes existing gender stereotypes and gives advice how to overcome a male point of view. Apart from the society which is defined by it's ...
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Does research into driver-less cars cause ethical problems?

I'm doing an EPQ (Extended-Project Qualification) on Artificial Intelligence Bias, and would like to gather some primary data for analysis. Do driver-less cars lead into controversies that are to do ...
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Has government-level legal work been done to determine the “rights” of a General Artificial Intelligence, in any country?

I have been thinking lately a great deal about a hypothetical question - what if a self-aware general AI chose to assume the appearance, voice, and name of Cortana from Microsoft's Halo? Or Siri from ...
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Legal compliance and AI auditing framework

Providing that more and more decisions about human life are (to be) decided by machine (like access to loans, housing, scholarship, jobs, healthcare, insurance, etc.) at the same time, in many ...
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Are AI researchers more likely to follow “conservative anthropocentrism” or “post-human fundamentalism” in deciding whether AI has moral standing?

"Conservative anthropocentrism": AI are to be judged only in relation to how to they resemble humanity in terms of behavior and ideas, and they gain moral worth based on their resemblance to humanity (...
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Can an evolving AI be programmed not to lie?

It seems that certain AI are able to lie or deceive. See e.g. Evolving Robots Learn To Lie To Each Other (Popsci), Robots Evolve to Deceive (MIT Tech Review) or Robots 'Evolve' the Ability to Deceive (...
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Does humanism grant moral consideration to sentient artificial general intelligences?

Some formulations of humanism already grant moral consideration to sentient non-human animals (e.g. https://humanists.international/what-is-humanism/). Does humanism also extend to granting rights to ...
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What is the best way to integrate unchangeable ethics into a chatbot

I am building a generative model chatbot as a research and learning project. One of the most important parts of my project is to research ways in which I can make this chatbot work in a consistently ...
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Are we supposed to “decide” ethics for intelligent systems?

Ethics is defined to be the set of moral principles that governs a person's or group's behavior. Innately, shouldn't any system devise ethics for itself? Most of our articulations, in either direct ...
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Google's Principles of Artificial Intelligence

Earlier this month, Google released a set of principles governing their AI development initiatives. The stated principles are: Objectives for AI Applications: Be socially beneficial. ...
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What are the ethical implications of creating (possibly sentient) AI systems? [closed]

As I have been looking at other questions on this site (like this, this, this, and this), I have been thinking more about the ethical implications of creating these generalized AI systems. It seems ...
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How will an AI comprehend the ethics of “right” and “wrong”?

Here is one of the most serious questions, about the artificial intelligence. How will the machine know the difference between right and wrong, what is good and bad, what is respect, dignity, faith ...
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Which explainable artificial intelligence techniques are there?

Explainable artificial intelligence (XAI) is concerned with the development of techniques that can enhance the interpretability, accountability and transparency of artificial intelligence and, in ...
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What forces direct research in AI and is the resulting direction a good choice?

A few forces seem to dominate the determination of AI and cybernetic research direction. The quest to automate repetitive tasks Interest in the nature of consciousness, learning, and adapting ...
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What are the ethical and legal issues of self driving cars being released in the UK?

What are the ethical and legal issues of self driving cars being released in the UK? This question came up on our exam today and I was left in a daze. I initially thought it would be issues like the ...
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Is the robot Sophia capabale of thinking rationally?

Ben Goertzel, the developer of Sophia the robot, is not only interested in the research of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), but is discussing ethical aspects of Artificial Intelligence too. Law ...
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Which AI conference presentation on predicting terrorist movement inside buildings caused protest in the audience and media?

I remember reading an online news article a while ago on AI ethics that described a conference presentation on the subject of a military AI system that predicted terrorist movement inside buildings ...
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Is 7. of the UK Gov Al healthcare code of conduct possible?

The NHS, Centre for Data Ethics, and Nuffield Council have put together a code of conduct for AI use in health care. My question is whether item 7 as follows is possible and in what ways might it be: ...
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What is meant by the research topic “Humanitarian AI”?

What exactly is meant by "humanitarian AI"? What research areas does this cover? AI in healthcare? Algorithmic fairness? Applications of AI for economic development? Can anyone provide links to ...
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Does it make sense to invent intelligent robots, if we only need to automate the economy?

Robots have many advantages, for example they are able to reduce manufacturing costs. A robot at an assembly line can work longer than a human, so it makes sense to replace human work with artificial ...
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What AI ethics classes are available and should they be taught universally?

Everyone in the field of AI is aware that some of the objectives of AI could pose risks. A few of the risks exceed just car accidents as automated vehicles are beta tested or the replacement of ...
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Is the research by Stanford University students who use logistic regression to predict sexual orientation from facial images really scientific?

Two Stanford University researchers, Dr. Michal Kosinki and Yilun Wang have published a paper that claims that AI can predict sexuality from a single facial photo with startling accuracy. This ...
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Is it ethical to create a chatbot to answer questions on Stack Overflow? [closed]

I was wondering if I should do this, because 2 out of 5 questions on Stack Overflow don't ever get answered, or if they do get (an) answer (s), most of the time they're not helpful. So I was thinking ...
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Would it be ethical to use AI to determine a user’s gender from the content they upload, without them knowing?

I’ve been thinking about this for a few days and can’t tell if this would feel morally just to an average user
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Can an AI distinguish between good and bad according to people living in a restricted geographical area?

Would people go far with Artificial Intelligence and machine learning to the point where machines could learn during a long period of time to distinguish what's 'good' from 'bad' according to people ...
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What are the most pressing fundamental questions and gaps in AI research? [closed]

White House published the information about AI which requests mentions about 'the most important research gaps in AI that must be addressed to advance this field and benefit the public'. What are ...
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What are the connections between ethics and AI

What are the connections between ethics and artificial intelligence? What are issues that have arisen, especially in the business context? What are issues that may arise?
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Why is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights not included as statement on the AI?

Lots of people are afraid of what strong AI could mean for the human race. Some people wish for a sort of "Asimov law" included in the AI code, but maybe we could go a bit more far with the UDHR. So, ...
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Artificial intelligence in the public and global sector

Today, AI is mainly driven by own-profit-oriented companies (e.g. Facebook, Amazon, Google). Admittedly, there's a lot of AI in the health sector (even in the public health sector) and there's a lot ...
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Do robots needs help from psychiatrist?

I've seen recently a video with Dr. Joanne Pransky on Youtube about a woman who is working as a robot psychiatrist. Her daily job is to speak with robots about their mental problems. That means, if a ...
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If the AI goal is the protection of humans, will it always pursue this goal?

If the AI goal is to serve humans and protect them (if this ever happens) and AI someday realizes that humans destroy themselves, will it try to control people for their own good, that is, will it ...