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Publication date:13/12/2020

CONSCIENTIOUS AI

Machines Learning Morals

by: Katleen Gabriels

Facebook’s timeline, Google’s search engine, Amazon’s Alexa: much of our everyday technology contains artificial intelligence (AI). Vacuum-cleaning and lawn-mowing robots ease household chores. Chatbots conduct therapy sessions and algorithms assist doctors with medical decision-making. We can even delegate moral decisions to algorithms. The combination of robots and AI, together with big data, opens up endless possibilities. However, which decisions should be delegated to machines and which should not? And whom do AI self-learning systems learn from?

The time to ask ethical questions about design is right from the outset: every product made by humans is made with morality. This plea for ethical rules is just as relevant to robots and AI systems, as it is to data scientists, engineers and designers. Innovation is not only about technological progress, but also about recognising and taking a mindful approach to dealing with the moral choices that are an intrinsic part of technology.

Conscientious AI is an accessible must-read for those interested in the relation between morality and technology. Combining scholarly theory with examples drawn from everyday life, it is an excellent introductory textbook for undergraduate students in the fields of ethics and technology, business ethics and digital society. The original Dutch edition Regels voor robots was shortlisted for the Hypatia Prize, awarded by the Society for Women in Philosophy, and longlisted for the prestigious Socrates Cup.
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CONSCIENTIOUS AI
Author(s): Katleen Gabriels
ISBN: 9789057189562
Format: 15 x 22
Number of pages 176
Language: English

About the author(s)

Katleen Gabriels is Assistant Professor in ethics and philosophy of technology and programme director of the BA Digital Society at Maastricht University. As an expert in computer ethics, she is affiliated to various academic organisations such as INSEIT, ETHICOMP and 4TU Centre for Ethics and Technology. She has authored a wide range of academic and popular-scientific publications on computer ethics.

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