Tech giants such as Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft – as well as individuals like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk – believe that now is the right time to talk about the nearly boundless landscape of artificial intelligence.In many ways, this is just as much a new frontier for ethics and risk assessment as it is for emerging technology.Rolls (2015: 131) discusses many of the methodological problems with Genie’s case and suggests her lack of interaction and social development was inevitable given her circumstances.
Tech giants such as Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft – as well as individuals like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk – believe that now is the right time to talk about the nearly boundless landscape of artificial intelligence.
Optimizing logistics, detecting fraud, composing art, conducting research, providing translations: intelligent machine systems are transforming our lives for the better.
As these systems become more capable, our world becomes more efficient and consequently richer.
Due to this we may have to accept that though the study may not have been completely ethical or carried out how we would do now, the results are the closest thing we will ever get to studying a child that has never been exposed to language.
BETHAN WINNER, English Language undergraduate, University of Chester, UK References Benzaquen, A.
This first Briefing is primarily aimed at educators in science and explains some of the issues surrounding teaching bioethics, however, the topics and subjects covered are also very relevant for anyone interested in ethical issues and science.
Each topic is available as a PDF file which can be downloaded.So which issues and conversations keep AI experts up at night?The hierarchy of labour is concerned primarily with automation.Rolls provides a detailed account of Genie’s story and describes it as a “catalogue of unfortunate or misguided mistakes” (2015: 132), leaving us to consider the ethics of Genie’s case and as a result of this, if we can even take anything from it at all.The ethics behind this study mean that it could never be recreated, as abuse of a child is involved.Her care is another issue that people have used to challenge the validity of her study because Genie was constantly moved to and from different people and even moved back to the house where the abuse took place.There was confusion about the funding behind her study which meant she was constantly being moved between specialists who all wanted to learn from her.Due to this, Genie’s case is the closest we are ever going to get to a child being brought up in these circumstances.Although there were many mistakes made, within her case the chances something like this happening again are extremely rare.The first issue that people encountered with Genie was her mental state.Although it has been suggested that Genie had normal cognitive function at the time of birth, there is no denying that Genie turned into a “highly abnormal adult” (Harris & Pinker 2009: 147).