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Happiness is the Wrong MetricIncorporating Ethics into Artificial Intelligence (with Oren Etzioni)

Happiness is the Wrong Metric: Incorporating Ethics into Artificial Intelligence (with Oren Etzioni) [This chapter reviews the reasons scholars hold that driverless cars and many other AI-equipped machines must be able to make ethical decisions, and the difficulties this approach faces. It then shows that cars have no moral agency, and that the term “autonomous,” commonly applied to these machines, is misleading, and leads to invalid conclusions about the ways these machines can be kept ethical. The chapter’s most important claim is that a significant part of the challenge posed by AI-equipped machines can be addressed by the kind of ethical choices human beings have made for millennia. In other words, there is little need to teach machines ethics even if this could be done in the first place. The chapter concludes with a general assertion for future discussions of ethics and AI: that one makes a grievous error by drawing on extreme outlier scenarios—such as the famous Trolley narratives—as a basis for conceptualizing the ethical issues at hand.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Happiness is the Wrong MetricIncorporating Ethics into Artificial Intelligence (with Oren Etzioni)

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018. This book is an open access publication.
ISBN
978-3-319-69622-5
Pages
235 –252
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69623-2_15
Publisher site
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Abstract

[This chapter reviews the reasons scholars hold that driverless cars and many other AI-equipped machines must be able to make ethical decisions, and the difficulties this approach faces. It then shows that cars have no moral agency, and that the term “autonomous,” commonly applied to these machines, is misleading, and leads to invalid conclusions about the ways these machines can be kept ethical. The chapter’s most important claim is that a significant part of the challenge posed by AI-equipped machines can be addressed by the kind of ethical choices human beings have made for millennia. In other words, there is little need to teach machines ethics even if this could be done in the first place. The chapter concludes with a general assertion for future discussions of ethics and AI: that one makes a grievous error by drawing on extreme outlier scenarios—such as the famous Trolley narratives—as a basis for conceptualizing the ethical issues at hand.]

Published: Jan 9, 2018

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