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The Route to Responsible Innovation and AI Ethics

The Route to Responsible Innovation and AI Ethics

There is little standing in the way of artificial intelligence (AI) and its ability to influence so many of the processes around today’s enterprises. At the same time, the question of AI ethics remains a hot topic in debates around the world now.

AI and robotics are tipped to reach a market value of $153 billion by the end of 2020 as new adopters find ways of making the concept to work for them. While few can deny that this technology carries immense potential, the question of AI ethics remains open. 

 

Why AI is proving so popular

AI brings so many benefits to businesses across a range of different sectors. Consider its uses within cyber security in the identification of potential threats, or within healthcare and its ability to measure blood counts within seconds; a life-saving advancement.

Predictive analytics is an easy entry for lots of enterprises, whose ability to look beyond the present and into the future has aided their decision-making to a huge extent. The concept has enhanced the practice of risk management, too, with technology and data forecasting the conditions that lead to reduced productivity among other events.

As for the customer, their use of virtual assistants like Siri and Cortana suggests that intelligent apps, using AI to interact with real people, could make it a whole lot easier for businesses to engage with their audiences.

 

Exploring AI’s ethical dilemma

A barrier to seamless integration of AI into our society could be the responsible use of it.

At face value, actions of companies like Foxconn, a supplier to Samsung and Apple, and its decision to replace 60,000 staff with robots have only supported worries that the future brings unwanted ramifications. That said, with Gartner believing the 1.8 million jobs removed by AI will be offset by the creation of 2.3 million new ones, it’s clear that not every organisation will be making these sorts of cuts.

Keeping things in the workplace, there is the question of responsibility over decisions made by AI. Analysts have pointed to a human-first approach as a way of ensuring that everything is controlled and can be accounted for.

Data protection is another key consideration at present and also when talking about future adoption of AI. For example, a system could base itself on one set of information and apply the same rules in tackling another, requiring its developer to go in search of the necessary consent.

Lastly, the increased role of AI will create a natural demand for improved measures of cybersecurity, with vulnerable systems representing a target for criminals. There is even talk of AI being used by cyber criminals for malicious activity; something which couldn’t be further from responsible innovation. On the flipside, AI can be used to support cyber security operations in tasks like threat modelling and risk assessment, where some of its more positive implications come to light.

 

Conclusion

As AI prepares itself for a big few years, its adopters and developers will have to look closely into the ways it can ensure a smooth transition into the mainstream.

Companies like Google have already positioned AI ethics boards to oversee their own development of products, and it’s been positive to see whole governments declare the interest in leading from a moral perspective.

Measures like a human-first approach represent big steps when thinking about AI’s impact on the workplace. In all, though, a great deal of the responsibility will revolve around the architects of AI solutions, as they possess the keys to an ethical AI journey.

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  • jaxnmarko

    Humans are a mixed bag and many humans are corrupt, therefore, AI will be corrupted by those that wish to do so for whatever reason they may have, and this will endanger society and civilization. Tools are often turned into weapons.

    • https://eleks.com/ Eleks

      Thanks for your opinion. We believe that human-first approach and accurate security measures should be in place to help AI developers and adopters prevent the scenario you’ve described.

      • jaxnmarko

        Tell me how well that has worked with anything else. The war on drugs? New ways to get high are created every day. Nuclear weapon proliferation? North Korea. Iran (very close). Saudi Arabia ready to purchase from Pakistan. Chemical weapons? Syria, sold precursors from Belgium. Death causing is extremely profitable in our world. The War to End All Wars? World War 1. Nobel Prizes? Funded by the originator of dynamite, Alfred Nobel, to make something so horrific, people would stop warring.

        • https://eleks.com/ Eleks

          The impact that new technology has on our lives massively depends on those who develop, adopt and use it. When created and used with security and human values in mind, Artificial Intelligence can help solve outstanding problems in healthcare, automotive, retail and beyond. That’s why we can’t emphasise enough the importance of the responsible innovation.

          • jaxnmarko

            Recently, an AU computer was taught to learn the game Go, which is more complex with more possible moves than chess. It beat a world master after having been “set free” to learn on its own, and came up with new ways of thought processing we don’t understand and “spoke” with another computer in a language they formed themselves. If we cannot follow their though processes or language, how is this different than the indecipherable emails and texts and mesages that give law enforecement and intelligence services so much trouble? How would we stay in control when they design themselves and are physically autonomous? Making 3dD printes versions of thrmselves? Nanobots we can’t even see?

          • vallab01

            Sorry to interrupt. The human values prevailing today is the capitalist mindset, mainly to make maximum profit not basically the human welfare.

  • vallab01

    What is AI ethics? Is it the AI giving answers that are not Politically Correct or the so called; AI biased opinions? Is it Killer robots destroying humanity? Or Is it massive job loss to the upcoming rapid robot automation? People including the AI ethic pundits express divergent opinions from positive to negative, highly Utopian to downright dystopian, much of which makes no common sense.

    What we really need today is a historical perspective, clear scientific vision and futuristic approach to understand this issue. IF THE EXPONENTIAL GROWTH IN THE A.I. TECHNOLOGICAL SITUATION CONTINUES, IT WILL RENDER THE HUMAN LABOR OBSOLETE, SOONER THAN LATER. Many believe this is the biggest AI’s ethical dilemma

    In my opinion, the rapid progress in the AI ROBOT automation provides the great historical opportunity that the humankind has been waiting since the beginning. To liberate themselves from the drudgery of human labor. The SERVITUDE, enslavement, humiliation that the majority of the population compelled to undergo by the minority in order to earn their living i.e. wages, salaries or income. Now, with the progress in the AI technology we can gradually get rid and finally abolish the human labor for wage system and replace it with an equitable income sharing system. It can begin with the “unconditional” guaranteed income system one may call it the Universal Basic Income or the UBI.

    My book titled “An Alternative to Marxian Scientific Socialism: The Theory Reduction in Working Hours (RWH); ….” Published in the year 1981. Today I rename it as Zero Work Theory (ZWT)More of its details in the links bit.ly/2mGAUWg , http://bit.ly/2eARyEx http://bit.ly/2nR4MAP

    The principle “Ethics” behind the ZWT is that the fruits of the progress in the science and technological in the human society should not be appropriated or accumulated by only a few but it is their historical responsibility and every people concerned, to see to it that the benefit should be equally shared among all members of the society.

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