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posted by chromas on Tuesday March 05 2019, @07:07AM   Printer-friendly
from the open-the-pod-bay-doors-HAL dept.

Is Ethical A.I. Even Possible?

When a news article revealed that Clarifai was working with the Pentagon and some employees questioned the ethics of building artificial intelligence that analyzed video captured by drones, the company said the project would save the lives of civilians and soldiers.

"Clarifai's mission is to accelerate the progress of humanity with continually improving A.I.," read a blog post from Matt Zeiler, the company's founder and chief executive, and a prominent A.I. researcher. Later, in a news media interview, Mr. Zeiler announced a new management position that would ensure all company projects were ethically sound.

As activists, researchers, and journalists voice concerns over the rise of artificial intelligence, warning against biased, deceptive and malicious applications, the companies building this technology are responding. From tech giants like Google and Microsoft to scrappy A.I. start-ups, many are creating corporate principles meant to ensure their systems are designed and deployed in an ethical way. Some set up ethics officers or review boards to oversee these principles.

But tensions continue to rise as some question whether these promises will ultimately be kept. Companies can change course. Idealism can bow to financial pressure. Some activists — and even some companies — are beginning to argue that the only way to ensure ethical practices is through government regulation.

"We don't want to see a commercial race to the bottom," Brad Smith, Microsoft's president and chief legal officer, said at the New Work Summit in Half Moon Bay, Calif., hosted last week by The New York Times. "Law is needed."

Possible != Probable. And the "needed law" could come in the form of a ban and/or surveillance of coding and hardware-building activities.


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  • (Score: 2) by Pslytely Psycho on Tuesday March 05 2019, @01:38PM (5 children)

    by Pslytely Psycho (1218) on Tuesday March 05 2019, @01:38PM (#810234)

    Ah, but humans, rather than adapting to the environment, learned to alter that environment artificially to exist in areas inhospitable to them naturally.

    In altering that environment, making it inhospitable to the life that did adapt to that environment, then ethically, man is the interloper.
    And Bender becomes the epitome of ethics.

    According to spellcheck, I am entirely too stoned to be having this conversation.
    G'night Buzzy!

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  • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Tuesday March 05 2019, @02:53PM (4 children)

    Meh, that's just hubris. Every living thing alters its environment in some way by its very existence. Consciously or instinctively is irrelevant except to us shaved apes. From an evolutionary standpoint, our only concern should be are we increasing or decreasing our long-term prospects of survival as a species. But that's our concern not an objective third party's.

    These aren't my views, by the way. I'm just using them to demonstrate that your views are silly from an objective perspective and make no sense on a subjective level either.

    My rights don't end where your fear begins.
    • (Score: 2) by Pslytely Psycho on Tuesday March 05 2019, @03:45PM (3 children)

      by Pslytely Psycho (1218) on Tuesday March 05 2019, @03:45PM (#810281)

      My views? You took this way too seriously.
      I was merely being a foil to legitimize "kill all humans."
      It has always been one of my favorite plot devices, from Colossus, the Forbin Project to Singularity.

      Anyway, AlexCorRi is more likely......*grin*

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