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What is it about humanity that we can’t give away to intelligent machines? A European perspective

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posted on 08.02.2021, 16:13 by Crispin CoombsCrispin Coombs, Patrick StaceyPatrick Stacey, Peter KawalekPeter Kawalek, Boyka SimeonovaBoyka Simeonova, Joerg Becker, Katrin Bergener, João Álvaro Carvalho, Marcelo Fantinato, Niels F Garmann-Johnsen, Christian Grimme, Armin Stein, Heike Trautmann
One of the most significant recent technological developments concerns the development and implementation of ‘intelligent machines’ that draw on recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. However, there are growing tensions between human freedoms and machine controls. This article reports the findings of a workshop that investigated the application of the principles of human freedom throughout intelligent machine development and use. Forty IS researchers from ten different countries discussed four contemporary AI and humanity issues and the most relevant IS domain challenges. This article summarizes their experiences and opinions regarding four AI and humanity themes: Crime & conflict, Jobs, Attention, and Wellbeing. The outcomes of the workshop discussions identify three attributes of humanity that need preservation: a critique of the design and application of AI, and the intelligent machines it can create; human involvement in the loop of intelligent machine decision-making processes; and the ability to interpret and explain intelligent machine decision-making processes. The article provides an agenda for future AI and humanity research.

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

International Journal of Information Management

Volume

58

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Elsevier under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

04/01/2021

Publication date

2021-01-29

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

0268-4012

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Crispin Coombs. Deposit date: 14 January 2021

Article number

102311