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Artificial intelligence needs an update on ethics to be able to help humanity in times of crisis

Currently ethics for AI focuses too much on high-level principles. Using AI to deal with crises would mean anticipating problems before they happen and building safety and reliability into it. Plus, ethics should be part of how AI is built and used, not an add-on or afterthought. Researchers and engineers need to think through the implications of what they build.
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By Will Heaven Jess Whittlestone at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge and her colleagues published a comment piece in Nature Machine Intelligence this week arguing that if artificial intelligence is going to help in a crisis, we need a new, faster way of doing AI ethics, which they call
toothless? Yeah, I also sigh. But I think this crisis is forcing people to see the importance of practical solutions. Maybe instead of saying, “Oh, let’s have this oversight board and that oversight board,” people will be saying, “We need to get this done, and we need to get it done properly.” ( Copyright 2020 Technology Review, Inc.)
By Will Heaven Jess Whittlestone at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge and her colleagues published a comment piece in Nature Machine Intelligence this week arguing that if artificial intelligence is going to help in a crisis, we need a new, faster way of doing AI ethics, which they call toothless? Yeah, I also sigh. But I think this crisis is forcing people to see the importance of practical solutions. Maybe instead of saying, “Oh, let’s have this oversight board and that oversight board,” people will be saying, “We need to get this done, and we need to get it done properly.” ( Copyright 2020 Technology Review, Inc.)

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