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Ethics in AI: Who Decides?

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What are the ethics behind artificial intelligence? What are the developers thinking about and who is making the decisions?

In this Cyber Security Inside Live from the Green Room video, Camille takes a deep dive into the ethics of AI with Ria Cheruvu, an expert on the topic. They talk about everything from sustainability, to intentions, to development, and more.


Privacy and Surveillance: The Ethics of AI

The development of artificial intelligence as it relates to surveillance was built for places like airports and malls, and even for things like checking to make sure workers are wearing hard hats where they need to be. The question becomes, can this technology be inappropriately used to do things like police workers’ time breaks or other unanticipated ways?

The balance between transparency and security will always be hard to strike. Users understanding how their data is being used and being comfortable with it is part of this. 


Can AI Generated Work Replace Human Creations?

There is technology that allows artificial intelligence to generate content. That could be news content, which is very difficult to tell is different from true news content written by humans, that could be essays written by AI for school, or that could even be artwork. There are definitely some fun and interesting parts of this, but it is also important to think about the ethical consequences of using AI for these purposes.

Licenses, copyrights, and more make this very complicated. There are questions about the ethics of this AI for things like schoolwork and creation of artwork that is similar to that of another artist (even artists that are long gone). Ria thinks this needs to be taken up from a legal perspective quickly, and putting some bounds on what the AI models can draw from.

Deep fakes also fall into this category, where we have artificial intelligence creating images or videos that we can’t tell aren’t made by humans. The consequences of this could be really huge, especially when you take into account misinformation and bias.


How Far Does Ethics Reach Into Technology?

Ria thinks it is far and overreaching, because the word “ethics” can be so loaded and mean so many things. This could relate to bias, it could relate to how artificial intelligence is being used, and it could also relate to sustainable and green technology. 

There is technology looking at reducing carbon footprints or consuming less. There is also a rise of developing AI systems to monitor and improve the climate. The social aspect of ethics is critical, because there are so many perspectives and need to be at the table for the discussion, since it overlaps many domains.

AI seems to be tackling greater social movements and bringing up questions with phrases like “social good.” There is a lot of disagreement about what artificial intelligence should be doing, what it is capable of, and who should be making those decisions. The societal part of responsible AI is key in this discussion, especially when it comes to filter bubble and extended consciousness.


Ria Cheruvu, A Young Ethics and AI Genius

Ria AI EthicsRia is currently the AI Ethics Lead Architect at Intel Corporation, and graduated from Harvard University. What makes her a little different from other AI experts is that she is 18! She graduated from Harvard at 14, and returned to get her master’s a few years later. She has some interesting and thoughtful takes on ethics and artificial intelligence.

Visit Ria’s LinkedIn page