AI is shaping the future.
Is it the future you want?
AI is our greatest invention, and brings enormous promise. But it also brings risk: it can manipulate us, enhance our biases, suddenly replace our jobs , and erode our creativity and skills. How do we make sure that AI is aligned with human values?
You may think you know the answer but it’s more complicated than you realize. There are many complex problems involving ethics and AI, including:
Problem: Political Manipulation
AI is being used to undermine democracy and strengthen totalitarianism by:
Manipulating elections using social media
Creating fake news with natural language processing
Discrediting people using deepfake videos
How do you make sure AI is on the side of democracy and justice?
Problem: Loss of Creativity
AI is taking over process of human ingenuity by:
Analyzing literature to produce automated stories
Generating fake essays for students
How do you prevent human creativity from atrophying?
Problem: Increased Bias
AI can reinforce harmful biases and prejudiced assumptions by:
Making healthcare decisions based on biased data
Reproducing racial bias in text generation
Automating employment decisions
How do you prevent AI from magnifying hidden distortions in human thinking?
Problem: Magnification of Greed
AI helps advertisers take advantage of people by:
Accessing user data sold by social media companies
Selecting highly persuasive targeted advertising
Manipulating online children's content for monetary gain
How do you ensure people can make decisions free of psychological manipulation?
Problem: Unintended Consequences
AI may produce unexpected outcomes with destructive consequences by:
Implementing unchecked and extreme solutions (e.g., Paperclip Maximizer)
Taking actions that cannot be reversed (e.g., killing a human or an animal)
Rushing unsafe products to market due to intense AI competition
How do you make sure that AI aligns with your intentions?
Problem: Loss of Skills
By taking over mechanical processes, AI will stunt human growth and agency by:
Controlling the management of energy and resources
Automation of industrial processes, resulting in skill loss
Attenuating human skills: what happens when only AI understands grammar, shoe-tying, or math?
How will you ensure continued human mastery of mechanical processes and skills?
Problem: Decline in Critical Thinking
AI is making decisions that invisibly direct human attention through:
Social media algorithms that reinforce confirmation bias and result in filter bubbles
Deepfakes that erode the trusting your senses
Social media algorithms that impact child development
What happens when you can’t distinguish the truth from an artificially created and manipulated world?
Problem: Direct Harm
AI may produce results that harm and even kill by:
Creating or directing weapons of war
Replacing jobs with automation
Automating vehicle operation that still may result in accidents
How do you avoid bringing added pain and suffering to human beings?
Problem: A Point of No Return
AI may become increasingly responsible for itself, closing off your access to intervene when needed by:
Locking you out of knowledge processes
Taking over human skills of making, fixing, navigating, judging
Centralizing corporate processes
What happens if you lose control of your creations?
Solution: Work with Us
We are experts and thinkers who can help you bring ethics into AI with purpose and design. Be a leader in ensuring a human-friendly future for AI.
Ryan Derby-Talbot, PhD
Darcy Otto, PhD
Philosopher, Computer Scientist, Educator
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