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Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Doing Artificial Intelligence Ethics Research Early To Avoid Disaster

Recently, I heard from an acquaintance who works at a think tank that he believes the need for an AI ethics researcher. I'd like to tell him that I agree with him, but I am concerned that we are not dealing with the right ethical code in artificial intelligence. Still, even if we do not, the future will still have its AI ethics software, and they will be dealing with very important moral and social issues, so perhaps we should address these problems now, before they get out of hand. If we do not, human concern over AI will grow weak, and AI may be left to its own devices, with no one to regulate it. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

The AI Ethics Research Should Start Now and Regulated by Humans


The need for an AI ethics researcher sounds noble to me, yet it might be a bit impractical. First, as a society we need to decide what an AI is. How can we know that it is not a super computer or self-aware computer, with intelligence similar to a human brain? What about artificial intelligent robotic androids or artificially intelligent robotic androids doing work in factories with humans? Is there something that the public does not know about this, which could potentially cause a problem down the road? These are all important questions and it is wise to address these concerns now rather than later, before these issues get out of hand and potential danger comes to pass.

1. AI Ethics Concerns 

Now, let us say that we do find a way to have an AI ethics researcher. How will we ensure that the artificial intelligent computer or robot does not take a route that could lead to disaster for mankind and civilization? Will we be able to control the machine with its programming, or will the machine be able to take over and say, "Do what I want?" This is a very good question, one that must be answered.

But one thing is clear; if and when artificial intelligence is developed into a computer system capable of overriding the human's ethical code, it will become a problem, and perhaps the greatest problem humanity has ever faced. Will we be able to trust this new supercomputing system with our future? I think not, and I do not think the smartest people in the world realize this. Perhaps they are working on it, but I do not think they are too smart. I think that the smarter minds are staying focused on solving problems with physical computers.


2. What AI Ethics Researchers Should Do

An artificial intelligence researcher will be involved in trying to design computer software that can act in an ethical manner, without violating the rights of individuals. So, if someone wants to create a self-aware computer or robot, that person will be required as an AI ethics researcher to ensure that the design does not violate any individual's rights. The moral issue will come into play because if the computer can decide to do what is right or wrong, then it becomes a legal issue. Will this new artificial intelligence to be able to decide that it is moral to destroy humans? How will the AI decide if it is moral to kill someone without hesitation or remorse? Will it be able to decide if it is moral to shoot a person to death because the person is a terrorist or a spy?

AI Ethics Research Conclusion


All these questions are going to be answered, and some day in the near future, we will have software that is as smart as a child. This artificial intelligence will be made by humans, and it will be our decision, not the computers, that will determine if it is ethical or not. Will we allow a machine to decide if it is moral to kill a child in its womb? How will we define what is right and what is wrong, when it comes to Artificial Intelligent supercomputers? This is something that only humans can decide and hopefully soon.

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