A Question of Ethics

  • TYPE: Combined Session DATE: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 TIME: 14:00-15:00 LOCATION: Session Room 1


Implementation of AI systems across society has accelerated faster than legislation and regulation can keep pace with. It has also proceeded without full impact analysis on the society of these AI systems. As such, we are now seeing many issues and dangers linked with the utilization of algorithms built on biased data and poor implementation. Currently, there are several initiatives in the global arena, both regards to the setting of professional standards and, following on from GDPR, proposals to legislate and regulate AI. Many of these propose the use of algorithmic impact assessments, although these can vary widely in their definition. This talk will review a number of AIA models, including the P7003 standard, and also address Corporate and Social Responsibility aspects, concluding with the proposal for a globally recognized AI assurance mark.


Many argue that there is a possibility for an ethical robot, in addition to creating robots that are able to exhibit human emotions, scholars point out that efforts should be made to "induce emotions toward AI in humans," which is believed to be necessary in order to instill reciprocal ethical and moral codes in machines. Research in artificial intelligence over the past twenty years has focused on debating this issue of morality and how to gauge it in machines.
Should a code of ethics for machinery, be considered within the framework of its function instead of fitting into a broader understanding of ethics?
Some insist that machines cannot be taught ethics, they have no moral agency and we should be focused on those who build the machines and the purposes for which they build them rather than the machines itself.

As the relevance of this topic increases, more and more questions are asked. While a universal understanding of what constitutes an ethical machine does not exist, everyone agrees - safety should be a priority and  avoiding harm to human life is paramount.
This Panel will present some of the critical issues concerning this topic, discuss and argue about ethics in AI, current guidlines and if we should have agreed-upon framework for enforcing these guidelines. 


Cansu is a philosopher and the founder/director of the AI Ethics Lab, where she leads teams of computer scientists and legal scholars to provide ethics analysis and guidance to researchers and practitioners. She has a Ph.D. in philosophy specializing in applied ethics. She works on ethics of...

Maria Krausch is Co-founder and chief marketing officer at Wikifriend. She works on AI technologies and how they can enhance communication processes, analyze quality of news, detect fake news and social media postings and improve publishing processes. Her years of experience in the field of...

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