Newsletter No 2/2019 - Between Technophobia and Technoutopia - Ethical Challenges of Artificial Intelligence
Between Technophobia and Technoutopia – Ethical Challenges of Artificial Intelligence
By Dr Obiora Ike, Globethics.net Executive Director
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Whether or not we accept it, know it or deny it, we now live on a new planet, one in which virtual space and the development and deployment of algorithms and artificial intelligence has an increasing importance.
Algorithms are processes made up of formulas to solve problems. With the advent of artificial intelligence a learning element is introduced into such processes that simulate human intelligence with the possibility of judgement and action and the potential that the results could contravene human values, laws and rights. There is an antinomy between technoutopia and technophobia, a problem that ethical reflection and action can and must solve to strike the balance between effective and beneficial progress and actual and potential harm.
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Conference on Ethics in Higher Education in Nagercoil
When: 2 March 2019
Where: Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu
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