A new article by The Future of Life Institute explores Paula Boddington's work on ethics and AI. Paula is a philosopher based in this department. Her research project, backed by the Future of Life Institute, with funding from Elon Musk, looks at the challenges of working towards codes of ethics for artificial intelligence.
Some of the central themes of research have included: how AI produces problems for the very basis of traditional professional codes of ethics; how the central questions of AI revolve around questions of agency, (in particular, what happens when you replace or supplement human agency with machine agency); how existing approaches in ethics often do not have enough to say about the topic of agency and its relation to morality; how to develop thinking around ethics in conditions of rapid change; and who should be involved in developing this thinking.
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