Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

19 Jun 2022

Ethical AI - Principles for Businesses and Developers to Follow

Companies should be open about the use of AI in their products and services. They should also be transparent about what data they are collecting and how it is being used and applied.

Some companies might not want to share this information as they believe that it will give them a competitive advantage. However, if the company is not forthcoming with this information, then consumers may shy away from their products and services. In the use of any AI system building and maintaining Trust is the key.

What are the Principles of AI and Why are they Important?

The principles of AI [1] are important because they guide the design process and help in the development of a more ethical AI building trust transparency and accountability of the decisions and actions AI solution make. There are many principles that should guide the use of ethical AI.

Human dignity, which states that all humans deserve to be treated with respect and should not be discriminated against.

Fairness, which ensures that all people have the same opportunity to be successful.

Autonomy, which emphasizes that people should be able to make their own decisions without interference from others.

Justice, everyone deserves equal treatment under the law and should not have their rights violated or taken away arbitrarily.

free from harm, which means we shouldn't do anything that will cause unnecessary harm or suffering to other people

Transparency and explainability, solutions must be able to show how a particular action has been determined for accountability  

The Importance of Privacy and Security for Ethical AI

To ensure AI is ethical, one must understand what it means for a machine to be moral and ethical and consider and create laws that protect privacy and security.

Privacy rights are a fundamental human right, but as technology advances, so does the ability for governments and corporations to violate these rights through the use of AI. AI has the potential to change our lives for better or worse in many ways. It can make life easier and more efficient, but it can also violate our privacy and security without us even realising it. We have all experienced AI in our daily lives some of which is good and others no so.

AI is a technology which has the potential to change our world in many ways. It can be used for the good of humanity and for the betterment of society, but it also has the potential to be misused.  The use of AI in our lives is only going to increase as time goes on, and these risks will need to be addressed before we find ourselves in a situation where we are unable to control or regulate this powerful technology.

The Importance of Ethics In Artificial Intelligence

The ethical implications of AI are a major concern for many people. The fear is that if we don't teach robots right from wrong, they could become as dangerous as humans or even worse.
AI systems, in and of themselves, are not moral agents. However, they do have the potential to be programmed to behave in certain ways or adopt certain moral stances and created many unintended consequences that if not monitored can cause significant harm.

We as developers and socially responsibly agents have a role to play to ensure AI is free from bias and unintended consequences and build trust in the ethical use of AI

AI is not going away, in fact it will be more prevalent in our lives, companies and individuals must be open and transparent about the application and use of AI systems and continue to build and maintain trust.


[1] Ethical Principles for AI, World Economic Forum

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