What should business do if we develop AI to the point where it eliminates millions of jobs? What should managers DO? Sit back and hope for the best? Write it off as just the “invisible hand”? Write nicer Codes of Ethics? Wait for the government to give us rules and “policy” and job training? What is the socially responsible thing to do….
Focus course material provided, Chapters 11 and 12, and below articles as sources for answering the questions highlighted in green. A copy of the class material will be attached separately for references.
Start by reading this article from the founder and chief scientist of Sun Microsystems: “Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us”:
https://www.wired.com/2000/04/joy-2/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
There are plenty of businesses exploring areas like A.I., genetic engineering, nanotechnology as so forth that have great potential to do the same thing if greed or carelessness or a whole of other ethical failings occur. Or even if they behave ethically: https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/will-robots-take-your-job-humans-ignore-coming-ai-revolution-ncna845366 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
- And what is YOUR personal role in all of this?
- Do YOU personally have an ethical obligation to consider how the technology that you are developing for your employer will be used- or misused?
- Do YOU as a consumer have an ethical obligation to consider the ethical dimensions of the technology you purchase and, therefore, support?
Bill Joy and a number of others such as Steven Hawking that are sounding a warning (https://futurism.com/artificial-intelligence-experts-fear (Links to an external site.)–
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