Controlling Machines That Think: What Are The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence?

Tech products are increasingly able to make choices and assumptions without human intervention. What do smarter machines mean for the people who use them?

By Alexandra HartSeptember 21, 2017 10:35 am| ,

Artificial intelligence, or AI, offers exciting possibilities for making our lives more productive and interesting – from voice assistants to self-driving cars, and even apps that can identify and categorize, based on who or what they see. But what ethical issues do tech companies, consumers and governments need to keep in mind as AI becomes more pervasive, and computers begin to make judgments and decisions on their own? Do we risk surrendering our privacy and autonomy to machines that can think?

Digital savant Omar Gallaga of the Austin American-Statesman’s 512 Tech says tech leaders, including Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk have sounded the alarm about AI, and companies that produce AI-based products are being encouraged to consider the ethical implications of what they build.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

–What ethical concerns are associated with artificial intelligence

–How tech companies can respond to ethical dilemmas