Society & Culture
As artificial intelligence reshapes society, experts discuss how to make it transparent and accountable to the people it’s meant to serve.
If you had to program a self-driving car, which option would you choose if only two were available: hit a pedestrian who suddenly appears in front of the vehicle or veer off into a baby carriage on the sidewalk?
It’s the kind of ethical conundrum that could shape artificial intelligence in years to come, and one of many the University of Alberta’s Geoffrey Rockwell has been pondering lately.
Earlier this month, the professor of philosophy and digital humanities joined a national brainstorming forum on the ethics of AI in Montreal, along with industry leaders, federal government officials and other academics, including philosophers.
They gathered to grapple with an industry currently worth US$7.4 billion, according to figures circulated at the forum, and expected to reach almost US$16 trillion by 2065—amounting to a seismic shi...