Morality In Artificial Intelligence

Author: Riya ([email protected])

Published: Monday March 29, 2021

Artifical intelligence

What is Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to the use of machines in a way that they can simulate and mimic human thinking. The term is also applied to machines that can exhibit human-like traits, like problem-solving and decision making.

The ideal application of artificial intelligence is to perform rational decisions to achieve maximum benefits. Another potential prospect of AI is machine learning. Machine learning refers to the ability of machines to learn from new data without needing human help. Deep learning techniques make it possible for machines to adapt to new data like text, images, videos, etc.

Morality In Artificial Intelligence

It’s an unfortunate truth that most people reflect on robots when they hear the term AI. It doesn’t come as a surprise because big-budget films portray AI-powered robots wreaking havoc on the Earth and humankind. However, it is not far from being factual and can be an unthinkable consequence of advancement in artificial intelligence.

Issues such as bias and morality in artificial is abound. Artificial intelligence is making strides and innovating at such a capacity that soon it can outrun humans and become out of control. Advances in AI are so immense that the very definitions of learning, perception, and judgment have changed. In many ways, AI has the capacity beyond human limits. It can perform cognitive activities better than humans and in novel ways. It can come up with hundreds of thousands of logical conclusions about a single dilemma. However, some researchers question the ability of AI to perform moral decisions. AI lacks soul and conscience, and many abstract things humans are known to possess.

However, I believe artificial intelligence can be useful in restricted conditions. As artificial intelligence is furthering its advances, it’s setting new benchmarks for formerly familiar things. Recognizing text from images and other basic functions are presently considered apart from artificial intelligence. Now they’re considered as basic calculations that any computer can perform. They are treated as inherent functions of a computer and largely taken for granted.

Another example is the use of artificial intelligence in self-driving cars. However, judicial and moral issues persist as technology advances. If computers fail to register critical external data or misinterpret it, there is no one to account for it, as of yet. Whether programmers take the blame or the company who made the vehicle compensate for the accident is not clear.