The ethics of artificial intelligence
November 14, 2016 Editor 0
A framework for thinking about AI.
In this industry, it’s a tired old cliche to say that we’re building the future. But that’s true now more than at any time since the Industrial Revolution. The proliferation of personal computers, laptops, and cell phones has changed our lives, but by replacing or augmenting systems that were already in place. Email supplanted the post office; online shopping replaced the local department store; digital cameras and photo sharing sites such as Flickr pushed out film and bulky, hard-to-share photo albums. AI presents the possibility of changes that are fundamentally more radical: changes in how we work, how we interact with each other, how we police and govern ourselves.
Fear of a mythical “evil AI” derived from reading too much SciFi won’t help. But we do need to ensure that AI works for us rather than against us; we need to think ethically about the systems that we’re building. Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, writes:
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