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The Ethics of Artificial Ethics Advisors

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A number of philosophers and computer scientists have begun to seriously entertain the idea that AI systems capable of some form of ethical reasoning could be on the horizon. Such AI could come in the near-term in a form resembling current decision support systems or, in the more distant future, in the form of artificial general intelligence. Either form of AI could conceivably function as an ethics advisor, supplying recommendations and guidance to humans on day-to-day moral questions. Their advice might be grounded on an individual’s core values and normative beliefs or on other sources, such as information about shared societal norms and values. This talk examines some of the new types of ethical risks and questions that use of artificial ethics advisors might introduce.

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