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AI: Teaching machines morality


6 Jan, 2017 09:00 am

Artificial intelligence software designers must take greater account of ethical considerations when designing algorithms and smart systems, according to a new report by the IEEE.


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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has published a new report seeking to push engineers to pay greater attention to ethics when creating smart software and hardware.

The report, titled Ethically Aligned Design, calls for greater transparency in the programming process in order to  document why ethical-based decisions were made during the design procedure.

The report by the IEEE's Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems committee also points to the phenomenon of "algorithmic bias", where smart systems include the ethical worldview of their programmers.

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