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In this report, I explore the unintended consequences of artificial intelligence, stakeholders' responses to discriminatory design, and the strengths and limitations of current ethics frameworks in addressing these dilemmas.

A Guide for Ethical Technological Innovation 

In a World of Giants

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Violating Ethics

Needing Ethics

It's a no-brainer: we need ethical design. But in order to develop toolkits and best practices, we also need to know what values we’re espousing. And while ethics codes are necessary for setting expectations, their systematization in many ways reduces a gut-level concept into a discrete list of rules that cannot, no matter how long, capture its full essence. Ethics, then, is a Catch-22 — requiring, yet transcending, definition.

The least we can do, though, is try.

Defining Ethics

Amidst the current craze to define responsible innovation, the best solution, counterintuitively, might be to turn to the ancient. Ethics frameworks have been around for centuries. These classical principles — far removed from the realities of artificial intelligence — may nevertheless ground, and provide common language for, a uniquely modern phenomenon.

I analyzed age-old frameworks...

...within modern realms:

virtue

legal

... and arrived at an inconvenient truth: ethics in theory does not mean ethics in practice.

Ultimately, we need more than a defined set of principles. We need practices that can embed them.

Embedding Ethics

It’s hard to map innovation. The process involves multiple stakeholders, multiple stages of development, and multiple applications of use. But untangling this web is a necessary first step in understanding the passageways for ethical practice.

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