Artificial intelligence ethics the same as other new technology

[Editor’s note: Brian Patrick Green is Assistant Director of Campus Ethics Programs at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and faculty in the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University. He has a strong interest in the dialogue between science, theology, technology, and ethics.  He has written and talked on genetic anthropology, the cognitive science of the virtues, astrobiology and ethics, cultural evolution and Catholic tradition, medical ethics, Catholic moral theology, Catholic natural law ethics, transhumanism, and many other topics. He blogs at TheMoralMindfield and many of his writings are available at his Academia.edu profile. He spoke to Charles Camosy about the ethical challenges posed by advances in artificial intelligence.] Camosy: One can’t follow the news these days without hearing about artificial intelligence, but not everyone may know precisely what it is. What is AI? Artificial intelligence, or AI, can be thought of as the quest to construct intelligent systems that act similarly to or imitate human intelligence. AI thereby serves human purposes by performing tasks which would otherwise be fulfilled by human labor without needing a human to actually perform the task. For example, one form of AI is machine learning, which involves computer algorithms (mathematical formulas in code) being trained to solve, under…


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