Here is an interesting IEEE Initiative on AI ethics
. The programme hopes to ensure technologists are trained and suitably tooled up to prioritize ethical considerations in the design and development of autonomous and intelligent systems. The initiative is chaired by John Havens, a long-time EV reader.
For an understanding of what thoughtful design of autonomous systems is important, have a read of these two pieces of work on the challenge of even specifying a reward function that can’t unintentionally go wrong:
To the degree that AI-driven automation realizes its potential to drive tremendous positive advancement in diverse fields, it will make Americans better off on average. But, there is no guarantee that everyone will benefit. AI-driven changes in the job market in the United States will cause some workers to lose their jobs, even while creating new jobs elsewhere. The economic pain this causes will fall more heavily upon some than on others. Policymakers must consider what can be done to help those families and communities get back on their feet and assemble the tools they need to thrive in the transformed economy and share in its benefits.
The underlying assumption in the Obama work above is that tooling up and thriving in a transformed economy might even remain possible alternatives. Those warning of long-term technological unemployment might take another view.
Have a read and come to your own conclusion.