Computing Ethics Issues (10)

Stories exploring general ethical aspects of technologies.

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  • Privacy
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  • Human Control of Technology
  • Professional Responsibility
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  • Fairness and Non-discrimination
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  • Kinolab
  • 2014
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Digital Interrogation and Torture Methods

In this episode, Matt and Joe Potter, who inhabit the same cabin, tell each other short stories from their lives. Eventually, Joe Potter reveals that he killed his former father in law, and shortly after became responsible for the murdered man’s granddaughter freezing to death in the snow. Once he confesses this crime, it is revealed that Joe Potter is actually a digital consciousness trapped inside a virtual reality manipulated by Matt, designed in order to get his murder confession. Now having given a clear confession, his digital consciousness is sentenced to live inside a virtual reality, existing in nothingness for thousands of years.

  • Kinolab
  • 2014
  • 5 min
  • Wired
  • 2021
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Don’t End Up on This Artificial Intelligence Hall of Shame

This narrative describes the recent AI Incident Database launched at the end of 2020, where companies report case studies in which applied machine learning algorithms did not function as intended or caused real-world harm. The goal is to operate in a sense similar to air travel safety report programs; with this database, technological developers can get a sense of how to make algorithms which are more safe and fair while having the incentive to take precautions to stay off the list.

  • Wired
  • 2021
  • 10 min
  • Gizmodo
  • 2021
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Developing Algorithms That Might One Day Be Used Against You

Physicist Brian Nord, who learned about deep learning algorithms through his research on the cosmos, warns against how developing algorithms without proper ethical sensibility can lead to these algorithms having more negative impacts than positive ones. Essentially, an “a priori” or proactive approach to instilling AI ethical sensibility, whether through review institutions or ethical education of developers, is needed to guard against privileged populations using algorithms to maintain hegemony.

  • Gizmodo
  • 2021
  • 5 min
  • Big Think
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How sci-fi helps humanity avoid species-level mistakes

This video, narrated by science fiction author Ken MacLeod, explains how the cultural critiques presented in science fiction can be helpful in guiding inventors through how they might invent ethically, and what the primary societal concerns of a certain invention would be. Uses the example of robots as representative of labor issues to make the case that while science fiction plays a role in inspiring inventors and engineers, it should also lead them to question how technologies can be deployed ethically in different societal contexts.

  • Big Think