Current Challenges in Ethics of Artificial Intelligence or: Old Wine in New Bottles

In: Artificial Intelligence
Author: Leonie Seng

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The attempt to find consistent moral values for certain societies has been part of descriptive as well as normative ethical considerations at least since Socrates’ philosophical investigations. In this sense I call the content of some current discussions on the possibility of moral decision-making ability in intelligent machines, robots or computer programs (in accordance with corresponding ethical criteria) old wine in new bottles – since such attempts deal with questions which have already been raised in early philosophical writings. The second main claim in this article is, that most approaches of ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) currently tend to talk about AI in general which can, as will be shown, likely lead to either misunderstandings or irrelevant statements which are neither useful for ethical debates nor for technical realizations.

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