Ethical Issues Of Artificial Intelligence

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Ethical issues that revolve around computer/electrical engineers may seem subtle when glanced at. However, looking at these issues in a narrow scope there are inconsistencies where people may lose their lives because of our faults. I would like to analyze the issues caused by programming. To be specific, artificial intelligence is the core subject under programming that has a particular subcase that is affected. This subject is automation which includes, but not limited to, robotics and human machine interface. The specific topics can be interrelated when viewing it in a computer/electrical engineer’s perspective. They pose both good and bad situations for consumers which I will evaluate for each case. Keep in mind that automation is a…show more content…
This means that the public works such as roads, water/sewage, and electrical grid lines will not be maintained as well nor will new development occur. There is way to combat this problem by increasing taxes, but who would want to pay more taxes?
Given that economy takes a hit when replacing human labor with robots, but what if we have a situation where robots co-exists with human workers? As an automotive technician, I would like to have a robot assist me when I extract an engine from a vehicle. The process of which I wouldn’t need the robots help is when I’m disconnecting the transmission from the engine, but I would need the robot to be ready once the engine mounts are removed and the engine is held stationary on a hydraulic lift. The robot would carefully operate the lift to remove the engine from the bay without myself having to do a dangerous job.
The second issue that I’d like to express is when the robots are designed to have criminal thoughts which is clearly an ethical issue when they are designed to harm humans. Isaac Asimov proposed the three laws of robotics in 1942:
1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
“[These laws were] not mere suggestions or guidelines
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