A Question of Ethics

  • TYPE: Combined Session DATE: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 TIME: 14:00-15:00 LOCATION: FORUM 12

Panel: Issue of Ethics and Morality and How to Gauge It in Machines

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...

Elena Kell is an innovation and change manager with a passion for innovation, exponential tech, diversity and sustainability. Elena co-leads AI Center of Excellence and drives a number of AI initiatives in the legal domain in Telia Company. The purpose of the center is provide a holistic...




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