Essay about Social And Ethical Impact Of Artificial Intelligence

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Introduction As our world expands through the growing abilities and applications of computers in our everyday lives, it seems that the role of the computer has been reversed. Before we knew that the computer only understood what we programmed it to understand; however, now the majority of our society is learning more from computers than they are able to input into it. Dumm (1986 p.69) History "The human aspiration to create intelligent machines has appeared in myth and literature for thousands of years, from stories of Pygmalion to the tales of the Jewish Golem." Anat Treister-Goren, Ph.D. (http://www.a-i.com/) The concepts of the development of artificial intelligence can be traced as far back as ancient Greece. Even…show more content…
What is Artificial Intelligence? "Artificial intelligence (AI) is defined as intelligence exhibited by an artificial entity. Such a system is generally assumed to be a computer." (Oxford Dictionary 2006) Although AI has a strong science fiction connotation, it forms a vital branch of computer science, dealing with intelligent behavior, learning and adaptation in machines. Research in AI is concerned with producing machines to automate tasks requiring intelligent behavior. Examples include control, planning and scheduling, the ability to answer diagnostic and consumer questions, handwriting, speech, and facial recognition. Social and Ethical Issues Associated with Artificial Intelligence "Is artificial intelligence in human society a utopian dream or a Faustian nightmare? Will our descendants honor us for making machines do things that human minds do or berate us for irresponsibility and hubris?" Boden (1990 p.199) Part I Social Impact of Artificial Intelligence Its is an important factor that the public and politicians of today know as much as possible about the effects for good or ill of Artificial Intelligence in our society. Clearly Artificial Intelligence has potential advantages, and would be very useful in aiding many professions however there are many that would argue it would be used not for the good of all men. Like many recent Hollywood films exploring AI its application has ended in disaster films like

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