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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Would it be ethical to allow an AI to make life-or-death medical decisions?

Would it be ethical to allow an AI to make life-or-death medical decisions? For instance, where there an insufficient number of ventilators during a respiratory pandemic, not every patient can have ...
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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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Can we destroy an 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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Can an AGI convince another AGI to modify its code?

Let's suppose there are two AGIs, $A$ and $B$. Assume that $B$ has the ability to modify $A$, but this action of modifying is considered bad by $B$. Can $A$ ever convince $B$ to modify $A$?
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What AI applications exist to solve sustainability issues?

The Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations describe a normative framework which states what future development until 2030 should strive for. On a more abstract level a basic definition ...
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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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What is the feminist perspective on artificial intelligence?

Feminism is known as foremost as a social movement that criticizes existing gender stereotypes and gives advice on how to overcome a male point of view. Apart from the society which is defined by ...
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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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What are the most pressing fundamental questions and gaps in AI research?

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 these ...
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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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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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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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Studies on the expected wisdom from machine learning

There is often interest in the results of machine learning algorithms, specifically because they came from machine learning algorithms. It seems similar to the 'from the mouths of babes' trope, where ...
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How to add weights to one specific input feature to ensure fair training in the network?

I am trying to create a multiclass product-rating network based on product reviews and other input features. Two of the other input features are "product category" and "gender". However, I want to ...
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How can it be shown clearly and transparently that the outcomes of data-driven health and care technology are validated?

The National Health Service (NHS) wrote down several principles in a document Code of conduct for data-driven health and care technology (updated 18 July 2019). I am concerned with principle 7. Show ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the connections between ethics and artificial intelligence?

What are the connections between ethics and artificial intelligence? What are the issues that have arisen, especially in the business context? What are the issues that may arise?
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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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What approaches are there to apply AI to global economic processes?

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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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 ...
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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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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 ...