As If Human: Ethics and Artificial Intelligence

As If Human: Ethics and Artificial Intelligence

Nigel Shadbolt, Roger Hampson
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A new approach to the challenges surrounding artificial intelligence that argues for assessing AI actions as if they came from a human being
Intelligent machines present us every day with urgent ethical challenges. Is the facial recognition software used by an agency fair? When algorithms determine questions of justice, finance, health, and defence, are the decisions proportionate, equitable, transparent, and accountable? How do we harness this extraordinary technology to empower rather than oppress?

Despite increasingly sophisticated programming, artificial intelligences share none of our essential human characteristics—sentience, physical sensation, emotional responsiveness, versatile general intelligence. However, Nigel Shadbolt and Roger Hampson argue, if we assess AI decisions, products, and calls for action as if they came from a human being, we can avert a disastrous and amoral future. The authors go beyond the headlines about rampant robots to apply established moral principles in shaping our AI future. Their new framework constitutes a how-to for building a more ethical machine intelligence.


Author: Nigel Shadbolt and Roger Hampson

Publisher: Yale University Press

Format: Hardback

Pages: 260

ISBN: 9780300268294

Publication Date: May 2024