The IEEE Computer Society team

Artificial intelligence (AI) is fast becoming an integral part of many technological advances, as seen in areas such as autonomous systems, data analysis, financial systems, social media applications, etc. Stakeholders have demonstrated different responses to the explosive growth of artificial intelligence technologies and their implications. Let’s look at the many sides of the AI ​​ethics discussion.

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Prominent researchers signed and published an open letter expressing concern in 2015. The main concern was the possibility of malicious use of autonomous weapons controlled by AI decision-making without human intervention. Concerned AI engineers and scientists have recently called on the United Nations (UN) to regulate the use of such weapons. An additional concern is that AI may exceed human expectations and limitations and ultimately view the human race as a “problem” that needs to be addressed or even eradicated.

Those who are less concerned

Other experts believe that we are far from any of the dangers that critics and concerned scientists offer. They believe that the dangers are exaggerated and that the benefits far outweigh the possible fears. Interestingly, however, the members of this camp do not completely reject all the fears of those who are more concerned about the future of AI. For example, the famous futurist Ray Kurzweil agrees that AI will soon surpass human intelligence, but suggests that people use it to increase their own abilities.

The realm of AI ethics

Members of both camps can usually agree that some provisions need to be established for the ethical development and use of artificial intelligence technologies. Some of the issues that may need to be addressed are:

  • Property. Many companies are developing AI technologies. Who will own the rights to any AI algorithms developed in the future?
  • Use. What will AI be used for? There are fears that AI could be misused to discriminate, violate confidentiality, commit crimes or manipulate government.
  • Protection. How can AI be regulated fairly and protected from compromise? And how will laws and regulations be standardized internationally?

As we consider the future of AI, the IEEE invites you to download and read the full article, “AI Industrial Complex: The Challenge of AI Ethics”By Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine.

AI Industrial Complex: The Challenge of AI Ethics

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