Ever since 1955, Artificial Intelligence has been changing the world and in 2020, this reality is becoming true as companies experience benefits including automation and deriving insight from data for decision-making. As AI adoption continues, leaders and enterprises are struggling to understand the design and use of AI.
The term AI ethics¹ refers to the organizational constructs that delineate right and wrong — think corporate values, policies, code of ethics, and guiding principles applied to AI technologies.
This means that organizations are constantly being changed, from the executives all the way down to the entry level, but all of this applies to AI.
However, bad data² and problems developing #algorithms generate inaccurate results, which means negative implications for businesses. Consequently, questions on AI ethics need to be asked on areas such as privacy, accountability, and transparency as AI adoption continues.
Understanding the constant change of artificial intelligence³ and the ethical side of AI will continue to make companies strive for future advancements.
This starts with the C-Suite, which describes a corporation’s important executives. This includes the chief executive officer (CEO), chief financial officer (CFO) and chief operating officer (COO).
Artificial intelligence’s rise has been brought up in meetings that many global companies are starting to make it a daily routine for all personnel to know including the constant changes occurring every day. The important executives are the personnel that should be educated the most about AI and understands their ethics as well.
Businesses are making constant decisions, changing policies, and implementing new principles all the time. #Artificialintelligence makes this easier for a company to adjust to all these everyday changes as well as analyzing and finalizing decisions for the executives in a timely manner.
Five Pillars of AI and the American AI Initiative
However, the government has made many policies on AI ever since it has been developed and constantly used in the workplace. The United States government has five pillars for AI⁴ under an executive order, launching the American AI Initiative in 2019.
This initiative has five pillars: invest in AI research and development (R&D), unleash AI resources, remove barriers to AI innovation, train an AI-ready workforce, and promote an international environment that is supportive of American #AIinnovation and its responsible use.
Now, this is a huge breakthrough for the United States and for the world as AI is the future. At the same time, the United States understands the ethical parts of artificial intelligence and what an impact it will be when fully understanding what AI can bring to the world.
AI is growing constantly around the world, and having one country have its own policy will spark a global idea for countries to have their own government policies on artificial intelligence⁵.
Ethical Thinking towards Artificial Intelligence
The future is here with artificial intelligence; all organizations and companies have started adapting their work and decision-making behind the algorithms of AI.
Experts believe that there will be a dramatic change in technology within the future, changing AI ethics as well. The prediction of a huge increase in the number of #robots in the future will change our ethical thinking towards artificial intelligence.
With the changing numbers in robots⁶, technology will become more advanced as this includes artificial intelligence as well. Ethically, this will make organizations understand that the changes are for the future, not the present.
Learning and understanding the ethics behind the rights and wrongs of a company’s artificial intelligence will not just make the company stronger, but will make the individual’s work diligent and understand what they need to do.
For example, Microsoft and IBM are at the forefront of the artificial intelligence world, increasing their respective AI’s adaption to the rapidly changing world. At the same time, these companies are adapting to their own AI ethics, creating new ways to incorporate their understanding into the modern business culture⁷.
IBM has continued to envision #AIethics beyond the traditional way, by taking it on in a financial success, where advantages are taken and long-term priorities are sacrificed for short-term gains.
How Companies are adopting AI Ethics
Microsoft has fully reconsidered their AI ethics review plan⁸, where this adjustment comes from executives across Silicon Valley that are trying to figure out the best ways to ensure the implicit biases that affect human programmers and learn #machinelearning and artificial intelligence.
There are many risks to figuring out how to logically and ethically think about AI ethics, especially when it comes to being top executives in a corporation. As of now, technology is not perfect and it will never be, there are always going to be problems within the technological world especially with AI.
Intelligence comes from learning, whether human or machine, as AI systems⁹ have training phases to understand their true purpose for whatever they are doing, just like how humans learn to do their job when they first start out.
However, there can be some programs that artificial intelligence miss when going through “training”, creating a greater risk including security breaches, privacy information and creating their own languages.
An example of this was with Facebook back in 2017, when their AI started to create its own language out of nowhere, shutting down the entire system of Facebook and started the investigation with the Supreme Court.
This event started what would be the American AI initiative and the start for an executive order in AI knowledge and ethics. The risks of AI itself are worth the reward in the future.
Implementation of AI Ethics
To understand AI ethics better in a company, management must determine the right personnel to drive the company’s overall agenda.
Bringing in diverse skills and viewpoints of personnel will make a company strive towards the future, especially with the right group for artificial intelligence.
It is very hard to create artificial intelligence, just with the decision-making around it and the countless algorithms¹⁰ to go over as well.
At the same time, this will drive a company’s agenda; from there it will be easier to get things done and figure out what to do long and short term. The process is long and difficult, but in the end, it is worth the reward, and companies will improve upon the hiring of the AI personnel¹¹. Overall, the company should think logically about hiring this personnel that will drive a company’s agenda.
A Future of Ethical Artificial Intelligence
Understanding artificial intelligence is challenging sometimes, but when it comes to thinking ethically about AI, it is pretty easy. AI ethics drives corporations to think outside the box.
Overall, algorithms boost decision-making as the hiring personnel creates solutions to drive the company’s agenda.
Individuals and companies understand that AI ethics are what makes us believe in the right things, we believe in the changes that are occurring every day and the future shows that great things are going to happen with AI and ethics. AI is the future of the world, and it is here.
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