Creating an Ethical Framework for Artificial Intelligence

Neural network
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A new group in the high-tech industry is laying the groundwork for the ethical use of artificial intelligence (AI). An article in the New York Times notes, "While science fiction has focused on the existential threat of A.I. to humans, researchers at Google’s parent company, Alphabet, and those from Amazon, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft have been meeting to discuss more tangible issues, such as the impact of A.I. on jobs, transportation and even warfare." The group is trying to get ahead of government regulation, in hopes self-policing will minimize the need for formal legal or statutory measures. One of the tools they're using is a report out of Stanford University, One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence, which reassuringly states "Contrary to the more fantastic predictions for AI in the popular press, the Study Panel found no cause for concern that AI is an imminent threat to humankind."