Teaching AI ethics using science fiction

Emanuelle Burton, Judy Goldsmith, Nicholas Mattei

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The cultural and political implications of modern AI research are not some far off concern, they are things that affect the world in the here and now. From advanced control systems with advanced visualizations and image processing techniques that drive the machines of the modem military to the slow creep of a mechanized workforce, ethical questions surround us. Part of dealing with these ethical questions is not just speculating on what could be but teaching our students how to engage with these ethical questions. We explore the use of science fiction as an appropriate tool to enable AI researchers to help engage students and the public on the current state and potential impacts of AI.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtificial Intelligence and Ethics - Papers Presented at the 29th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Technical Report
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781577357131
StatePublished - 2015
Event29th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2015 - Austin, United States
Duration: Jan 25 2015Jan 30 2015

Publication series

NameAAAI Workshop - Technical Report


Conference29th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (www.aaai.org). All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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