Artificial intelligence (AI) powers Google’s search engine, enables Facebook to target advertising, and allows Alexa and Siri to do their jobs. AI is also what self-driving cars, predictive policing, and autonomous weapons, which can kill without human intervention, are based on. These and other AI applications raise complex ethical issues that are the subject of ongoing debate.
With his book AI Ethics (published in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series in 2020), Mark Coeckelbergh, philosopher of technology, offers a tangible synthesis of these issues. AI Ethics goes beyond the usual hype and nightmare scenarios and focuses on machine learning and data science.
Coeckelbergh offers an overview of important ethical issues, including privacy concerns, responsibility, the delegation of decision making, transparency, and biases that arise in all phases of data science processes. He also contemplates the future of work in an AI economy. Finally, he analyzes current applications of AI in the political sphere and discusses challenges for policymakers. He argues for ethical practices that already embed values in design and include a democratic vision of “the good life” in a fair society.
In the MAK FUTURE Lab, Coeckelbergh will present his most important theses and discuss AI and ethics, global governance of AI and global crises and the potentials of AI and climate with the audience.
Moderated by Marlies Wirth
Mark Coeckelbergh is Vicedean and a full Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology at the Philosophy of Department of the University of Vienna. He is currently a member of various entities that support policy building in the area of robotics and artificial intelligence, such as the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence and the Austrian Council on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.