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“Probably we will get another animal, humanlike consciousness but we can’t control this consciousness,” he says.
As some have argued, that could make such an A.I. dangerous and unpredictable. But a conscious machine that proves to be harmless could still raise ethical quandaries. What if it felt pain, despair, or a terrible state of confusion?
“The risk of mistakenly creating suffering in a conscious machine is something that we need to avoid,” says Andrea Luppi, a PhD student at the University of Cambridge who studies human brain activity and consciousness.
The pandemic is also helping to highlight moral dilemmas and inequality. Triage, for example, or prioritizing in healthcare. Who should be given priority if the supply of medicine and other resources is limited? This question also belongs to Samuels' field. "Medical anthropologists help analyze the inequality and political and ethical questions that the pandemic exposes," she explains. "How can we create a different, fairer world? What does the pandemic teach us about what we consider to be good care for one another and how can we generate more space for this in the future?" Important questions therefore about a good way to leave the crisis behind.
The following is a guest post* by James Wilson, professor of philosophy at University College London, about what he has learned from his recent work providing ethics advice regarding COVID-19 to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and other institutions.
Research and debate about the ethical and social risks and impacts of data and AI is often focussed on either abstract principles such as fairness, transparency and rights, or on purely technical approaches. In establishing the network, the Ada Lovelace Institute and the AHRC aim to create a common infrastructure for collaboration across disciplines that will connect these approaches and identify ways to translate evidence into practical guidance, regulation and design. https://ahrc.ukri.org/newsevents/news/new-humanities-led-network-will-put-social-justice-at-the-heart-of-ai-research/
The middle-ground is now growing vanishingly small. Today’s political and culture wars can feel like a centrifuge, forcing debate to extremes, with no option to stand ground where the middle used to be. To the combatants at each polarity of a given issue, the very act of lingering in the middle is actually taking sides.
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