Artificial intelligence (AI) entered our reality through science fiction and Hollywood. But these days it has settled into our normal activities and applications both at work and at home. This interesting information came to us from The Next Web in their article, “A beginner’s guide to AI: Ethics in artificial intelligence.”

Given this prevalence in day-to-day functions, it is easy to see how easily new technology can take hold. This begs the age old question – just because we can, should we? Sometimes the simplest path isn’t the most just.

Is it ethical to build an AI with capabilities that external parties may be inspired to misuse? The development of an AI system that analyzes human emotion as evident in facial expression isn’t inherently objectionable. One ethical use of this technology would be the creation of a system that alerts drivers when they appear to be falling asleep behind the wheel. But what if this same application is used to profile people for mortgages, recruitment or college applications?

Where is the line? Who is monitoring the development and application of these emerging technologies?

Melody K. Smith

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