Moral AI

Moral AI

And How We Get There


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A reassuring and thought-provoking guide to all the big questions about AI and ethics

Should robots ever be considered free? Will computers transcend human intelligence? And what can we do to make sure AI is safe?

The artificial intelligence revolution has begun. Today, there are self-driving cars on our streets, autonomous weapons in our armies, robot surgeons in our hospitals - and AI's presence in our lives will only increase. Some see this as the dawn of new era in innovation and ease; others are alarmed by its destructive potential. But one thing is clear: this is a technology like no other, one that raises profound questions about freedom, justice and the very definition of human agency.

In Moral AI, world-renowned researchers in artificial intelligence and philosophy, Jana Schaich Borg, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Vince Conitzer tackle these thorny issues head-on. Writing lucidly and calmly, they lay out the recent advances in this still nascent field, peeling away the exaggeration and alarm, and offer clear examinations of the moral concerns at the heart of AI programmes. Ultimately, they argue that artificial intelligence can be built and used safely and ethically, but that its potential cannot be achieved without careful reflection on the values we wish to imbue it with.

This is an essential primer for any thinking person.

©2024 Jana Schaich Borg, Vincent Conitzer, and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (P)2024 Penguin Audio

About the authors

Jana Schaich Borg

Jana Schaich Borg is an Associate Research Professor at the Social Science Research Institute, Duke University.
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Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is the Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. His books include Think Again and Moral Skepticisms.
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Vincent Conitzer

Vincent Conitzer is Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, where he directs the Foundations of Cooperative AI Lab. He is also Head of Technical AI Engagement at the Institute for Ethics in AI, and a professor of computer science and philosophy at the University of Oxford.
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