AI Ethics

Mark Coeckelbergh

Alexa and Siri are made possible by artificial intelligence, which also runs Google’s search engine and allows Facebook to target advertisements. Self-driving vehicles, proactive law enforcement, and autonomous weaponry that can commit murder without human involvement are all products of AI. These and other AI applications create challenging moral questions that are currently the subject of discussion. This book from the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series clearly summarizes these problems. The book AI Ethics, written by a philosopher of technology, goes beyond the usual hype and terrifying scenarios to answer specific queries.

From Frankenstein’s monster to transhumanism and the technological singularity, Mark Coeckelbergh discusses significant AI stories. He covers current philosophical arguments on the moral standing of AI and problems about the underlying distinctions between humans and robots. He provides an explanation of AI technology, highlighting machine learning and data science while outlining several methodologies. He summarizes significant moral difficulties, such as privacy issues, decision-making authority and delegation, openness, and bias, as they manifest themselves throughout the entire data science process. He also takes into account how jobs will change in an AI-driven economy. Finally, he explores difficulties facing policymakers and evaluates a variety of policy proposals. He makes a case for moral behavior that incorporates values into the design, transforms democratic ideals into deeds, and includes a vision of the good life and the good society.