Moral Machines

Date(s) - 27/10/2022
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


The talk discusses the ethical challenges that artificial intelligence (AI) poses to humans. Starting from the necessary programming of self-driving cars for the event of an accident and the Trolley dilemma, Simanowski holds that technical developments de facto replace the ethics enshrined in human rights law with utilitarian ethics, which in its model of optimization corresponds more closely to the mathematical logic of algorithms. Considering that technology imposes standardization, Simanowski discusses to what extent a globally operating AI can be based on or lead to universal ethical values. Finally, he will take AI in self-driving cars as a test run for the cybernetic society and speculate, starting with reference to Isaac Asimov’s “Laws of Robotics”, on the promises and perils of an “AI-Nanny” or an AI as “benevolent dictator” and “protector god,” respectively. Can humankind entrusts AI to save the planet from climate crisis?


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