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Friday, July 13, 2018

Tackling Artificial Intelligence the ethical way |

The reduced role of humans in society will come at a cost, as reports.

There is a need to ethically balance the needs of businesses and the needs of people in a society through technology.
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The idea of Artificial Intelligence has been around since the early 1900s, originally in the form of fictional writing and later seen in films. The minds of these writers and film producers imagined a world where the role of robots in society was elevated from the role of machines in their present society. These individuals imagined technological advances, which would provide a machine with the ability to process sets of information and make a decision based on the information that the machine was taught to process.

Although exploration within the field of AI and robotic process automation evolved at a slow pace originally, advancement within this field is currently increasing at an exponential rate. Many ideas that were once considered merely dreams are becoming reality. An example of this is IBM’s “Deep Blue” computer, which in 1997 beat the World Chess Champion – Gary Kasparov in a game of chess...

The ethical question is how to balance the needs of businesses and the needs of people in a society that is experiencing unprecedented speed of technological advancement. The specific ethical issue to be addressed is what are the respective roles of people and machines in society and how should these be balanced in such a way as to improve business efficiency without widespread job losses?
According to Oxford University, 47% of jobs, as we know them today, will be redundant within in the next 25 years. This is a startling prediction as the impact on societies, particularly on less developed societies that do not have the infrastructure to adapt to such change, and that will have far reaching social consequences.