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AI’s Responsibility Gap

An autonomous vehicle is heading into another vehicle with five people inside. It cannot brake in time. The two options are: to do nothing and allow itself to crash into the vehicle or to divert its trajectory and crash into a wall, almost certainly killing the autonomous vehicle's sole occupant. This is the Artificial Intelligence version of the 'Trolley Problem' - at its core a philosophical/ethical problem tackled from a number of perspectives, not least by a utilitarian approach.This moral question, which was previously a problem which 'merely' troubled the mind, now troubles us in an actual, physical and even…
Michael Camilleri
2nd October 2019
Telecoms, Media & Technology

Artificial Intelligence: Some of the Challenges Ahead

Introduction Reference to Artificial Intelligence ('AI') is likely to bring to mind dystopian pictures of a robot apocalypse as depicted in films such as iRobot or The Matrix or to spark debates on the possibility of machines with 'consciousness'. Yet although we are rightly concerned about AI and the future of mankind, catastrophic thinking may diminish or slow its progress and make us lose sight of its vast potential benefits. AI is more pervasive in our daily lives than one may think. Spotify and Netflix use AI to recommend songs, films or television shows which it considers relevant to our…
Michael Camilleri
21st February 2019