Anyone who wants to understand the times we live in needs a basic understanding of artificial intelligence and the ethical challenges it poses. This is precisely what this course offers. If you are an entrepreneur, work for a company that uses digital technologies, have children who are exposed to digital technologies, or are an engaged citizen, this course will help you navigate the ethical dilemmas which presents the artificial intelligence.
We will begin by exploring what the ethicsand how it is put into practice. We will review the concept of the "banality of evil". Hannah Arendt, with its implications for contemporary ethics, and we will establish a critical connection between ethics and law, arguing why legal regulation is not enough.
Moving into the sphere of artificial intelligencewe will go through its history and explore its unique characteristics that make it the subject of special attention in ethics. We will discuss the risks y opportunities that it presents, delimiting the fundamental principles that should guide their ethical use: beneficence, non-maleficence, justice, autonomy and explicability.
We will talk about privacy and surveillanceWhat is privacy and why does it matter? We will examine the power of data and how surveillance technologies can lead to societies of control, with relevant examples such as their widespread use in China.
One of the major problems with artificial intelligence is the bias and the discrimination. We will explore the possibility of achieving bias-free AI and confront the dilemma of automated versus human decisions. Who should take responsibility for wrong decisions made by AI? Is there a right for certain decisions to be made by humans?
Finally, we will analyse the relationship between the democracy and AI, assessing whether our rights to equality and autonomy are being respected in the digital age. We will try to bring a constructive approach, proposing possible solutions to the ethical challenges generated by the digital age and artificial intelligence.