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Newsletter No 2/2019 - Between Technophobia and Technoutopia - Ethical Challenges of Artificial Intelligence

Editorial

Between Technophobia and Technoutopia – Ethical Challenges of Artificial Intelligence 

By Dr Obiora Ike, Globethics.net Executive Director

Between Technophobia and Technoutopia – Ethical challenges for Artificial Intelligence
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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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LIBRARY

Book of the month: The ethics of cyber-attacks Globethics.net Library Submission Collection
Essay of the month: The ethics of cyber-attacks
A major debate within cyber ethics literature concerns the way in which the moral nature of cyber-attacks should be understood. 
 
Collection: Globethics.net Library Submissions
This unique collection is a valuable resource composed of around 87,000 articles and books on ethics and theology submitted by Globethics.net participants.  
 
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Network Updates

Catholics in Manggarai, Flores, Eastern Indonesia Africa and Europe moving forward together
Lutherans join Globethics.net Consortium
The Lutheran World Federation  and Globethics.net signed athe Globethics.net Consortium Agreement to futher cooperation to develop and sustain lifelong learning in their respective traditions and networks.
Africa and Europe moving forward together
This was the main focus of the conference ‘Africa and Europe Moving Forward Together – Evidence-based Solutions for African Development' organised by Leuphana University and the  German Institute of Global and Area Studies from 24-26 January 2019.    
 
#EthicsForEveryone: Can there be ethics outside of religion?
Religion has long been held as the grounding for ethics, but the introduction of post-modernism and the enlightenment era, and the recent rise in humanism and atheism around the world, has brought this assumption to a halt.
 
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New Publications

Ijtihād Maqāṣidi: The Interconnected Maṣlaḥah-Based Reconstruction of Islamic Laws

Day After Day: 365 Aphorisms

Ijtihād Maqāṣidi: The Interconnected Maṣlaḥah-Based Reconstruction of Islamic Laws
In this book Islamic law is presented from various perspectives to find the common thread between the Sharia, Islamic law and Islamic jurisprudence. This work instills a deep ethical understanding of the normative foundations of Islamic law in the global context.
 

Day After Day: 365 Aphorisms
One can philosophize through lengthy explanations and towering treaties. There is, however, another tradition, that of the aphorism, the art of the fragment. To make the reader think through one or a few brief sentences, a digest of thought that tries to capture in a few words a vivid problematic, in a striking form.

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