PHIL 320 The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence


The goal of this class is to expose you to arguments that great thinkers have made regarding the ethics of artificial intelligence. We will begin the semester by introducing the concepts of “ethics” and “artificial intelligence.” Then, we’ll consider answers to questions about such as: Are predictive policing algorithms morally problematic? What, if anything, is wrong with mass public surveillance? May public officials use digital risk assessment tools when sentencing criminals? Should the state feel free to use autonomous weapons systems in war? Is there a moral problem with sex robots? Is it possible to be friends with robots? Could robots take over the world, and would this be a problem?

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