Are Robots Making Ethical decisions?
Feb 07,2017


No, artificial intelligence is no longer a subject of science-fiction anymore. It is now widely being practiced and put into research for a variety of practical applications. Though AI mostly came to add more value to our life, in the recent past we have seen negative impacts of AI applications as well. Some of these impacts have been unethical as well. So, we may ask whether robots are really ethical in their decisions and output. Let us enquire about it in the light of few recent incidents.

  1. When Even Chatbot Behaved In Racist Manner

No, I’m not talking of any science fiction plot, it is a reality now thanks to Tay, the new AI millennial Chatbot from Microsoft that instead of being friendly with her followers on Twitter became subject of widespread criticism because of her  sexually charged, racist, and even anti-Semitic comments. So, the ambitious machine learning project devised for better human engagement shown us the flip side of the technology.

  1. Self-driving Cars Killing Pedestrians

The famous and much hyped self-driving cars as expected will soon become a reality. But a few test drive results show that such cars can actually take unethical means to save the life of its passengers in case of an accident. When a collision is unavoidable if it can give priority to saving life of boarded passengers than the pedestrians. So, the human ethics is what missing along with the human driver.

  1. Robots As Biased As Human

    Do you robots are intrinsically programmed to like white skin? Well, in many beauty competitions where robots ace served as member of the juries always preferred white contestants. So, robots are racist? Well, we can hope to see them evolve ethically soon.
  2. Negative Tags In Google And Flickr Images

Tagging images with automated software is a common practice embraced by many web services including Google and Flickr. But the practice came with its pitfalls as the software continued to label wrong tags with unethical reference. For example, negro people are referred as gorillas.

All the examples mentioned above clear show that robots may think more accurately with a single focus but when it comes to decision making with multiple considerations in mind they fall short of regular human capacities. Thus a robot when cleaning a room may break certain objects only in order to pace up the cleaning process while we human beings normally take more care about the objects, even at the cost of spending more time.
On the other hand, the computer coded algorithms that run robots are still at their nascent state of development and they have long way to go to come with matured output in decision making just like the humans. Robots unlike humans can be more precise in assessing and judging things. If you ask s robot to specify the facial differences between Chinese, Japanese and Korean faces, they are right 75% of the time when humans are right only 39% of the time with the same test. So, robots and artificial intelligence are equally great for many things. They will learn becoming more ethical in their decision making.


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