PHIL 286

Ethics and Artificial Intelligence

This course focuses on ethical and social issues connected to the development of artificial intelligence. It explores questions like the following: How could we ethically design/develop/use artificial intelligence? What social considerations, like its effects on jobs, inequality, or social justice, should be taken into account? Can we prevent morally objectionable biases in learning algorithms? What ethical rules should be programmed into self-driving cars? Who is morally and legally responsible for the acts of an artificial being? What are the ethics of robot/human interactions? Is it ethical to use autonomous AI to kill in warfare? At what point would artificial beings have moral rights? In addition to relevant ethical theories, students will become familiar with philosophical and scientific theories that play a central role in debates regarding the ethics of artificial intelligence, for example, theories about consciousness, personal identity, artificial intelligence, moral responsibility, rational agency, and free will. Readings will be drawn from a number of classic and contemporary texts in ethics, philosophy of mind, science and technology studies, public policy, and the emerging field of ┬┐robot ethics.┬┐