This article for Patheos by Bruce Baker adds a new layer to the consciousness debate. Baker discusses three myths in the article to prove that AI can never be truly understand what ethics is about.
Bruce Baker believes that no matter how intelligent AIs become, they will not be able to make good ethical decisions based on wisdom. AIs may make smarter decisions based on ethical reasoning, but such decisions are merely quantitative and utilitarian.
The reason for this is simple, according to Baker. With AI, there is no search for understanding a context, an in effect, there is no growth through wisdom. Ethics, which requires deep understanding of people and situations, cannot be truly addressed by AI. Read Baker’s article below to find some examples.
Question to Reflect On
- If AI can never create a truly ethical decisions, how can we be sure that the decisions and actions it makes will always be for the benefit of humanity, its creator?
There’s no such thing as artificial ethics. “The information society is like a tree that has been growing its far-reaching branches much more widely, hastily, and chaotically than its conceptual, ethical, and cultural roots.” —Luciano Floridi, Information: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2010) We can