Ethics of artificial intelligence

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Featuring seventeen original essays on the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI) by today’s most prominent AI scientists and academic philosophers, this volume represents state-of-the-art thinking in this fast-growing field. It highlights central themes in AI and morality such as how to build ethics into AI, how to address mass unemployment caused by automation, how to avoid designing AI systems that perpetuate existing biases, and how to determine whether an AI is conscious. As AI technologies progress, questions about the ethics of AI, in both the near future and the long term, become more pressing than ever. Should a self-driving car prioritize the lives of the passengers over those of pedestrians? Should we as a society develop autonomous weapon systems capable of identifying and attacking a target without human intervention? What happens when AIs become smarter and more capable than us? Could they have greater than human-level moral status? Can we prevent superintelligent AIs from harming us or causing our extinction? At a critical time in this fast-moving debate, thirty leading academics and researchers at the forefront of AI technology development have come together to explore these existential questions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages525
ISBN (Electronic)9780190905033
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Ai moral status
  • AI rights
  • Algorithmic biases
  • Automation and jobs
  • Autonomous weapon systems
  • Ethics of artificial intelligence
  • Global existential risk
  • Machine ethics
  • Self-driving cars
  • Superintelligence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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