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ItemEthics and the risks of intelligent technology : the algorithmic threat to freedom of attention(Honolulu, HI : East-West Center, 2020-10)Considerable attention in media and policy circles has been directed to the far scientific horizon of the Intelligence Revolution and the existential risk to humanity that would be posed by the advent of artificial superintelligence. This is undoubtedly prudent. Were it to occur, this so-called technological singularity might well bring about human obsolescence or extinction. But, for reasons the author hopes to make evident, the technological transformations already underway are at risk of precipitating our ill-prepared arrival at an ethical singularity: a point at which the evaluation of value systems assumes infinite value.
ItemThe fragility of human rights facing AI(Honolulu, HI : East-West Center, 2020-07)Machines do not have morality so they must be designed according to shared ethical rules. In this regard, affective computing, a branch of information technology that aims to transmit information on human feelings to machines, can improve the relationship between man and computer, the HCI (human computer interaction), because a system capable of perceiving the user s state of mind can better evaluate his intentions and his/her real will. In relation to the violation of human rights, it is necessary to develop ethical principles that can be negotiated on a computational basis and used in the face of unforeseen situations, to limit regulatory violations or to deal with unforeseeable situations with a morally significant impact.
ItemInequality, social Cohesion and the post-pandemic acceleration of intelligent technology(Honolulu, HI : East-West Center, 2020-05)Epidemics and pandemic are not purely biological ills that can be adequately addressed medically. They are complex, relational calamities that reveal social, economic and political vulnerabilities and values conflicts and that can accelerate historical processes in often unpredictable ways. This paper examines and invites ethical reflection on potential synergies between emergency pandemic response measures and ongoing transformation resulting from the 4th Industrial Revolution, and how these synergies might affect social cohesion, particularly through commercial incursions on education and socialization processes.