Plenary Lecture, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, KNOWLEDGE ENGINEERING and DATA BASES (AIKED '09), Cambridge, UK, February 21-23, 2009

Plenary Lecture

Towards Ethical Aspects on Artificial Intelligence

Professor Liliana Rogozea
University Transilvania of Brasov
29 Eroilor Street, Brasov, RO-500036

Abstract: Ethics become more and more important in our life. According to our development, a number of new dilemmas appear in ethical field, related to environment, e-communication, respecting human rights and, of course, artificial intelligence.
Society development and all knowledge and tools used in this purpose put a number of ethics problems.
This paper tries to present the role of ethics in developing artificial intelligence, and how the artificial intelligence could change our perspective, because artificial intelligence in fact is all around us.
As human decision makers we try to determinate what the moral problems are and how we can use artificial intelligence to make good decision not only for one person, but also for the society.
It could be an interesting challenge to develop a software for helping us to take the best decision, but we are sure that it could be inefficient and not enough powerful, because it can’t appreciate all aspects and because a lot of mind properties can’t be, yet, reproduced by artificial intelligence.
Our conscious, our ethical judgment could develop the trap who could be establish in our world; it becomes more and more clear that not only the people must have ethical rights, but also the other creatures – natural or artificial who “live” on our planet.
The important issues which must be respected are: honesty, selflessness, serenity, the right to be use in a peaceful way, respect and a decent “death”. Also, it becomes more and more important to recognize the importance, the role and the place of this intelligence in our society, which is not a substitute for human intelligence.
Even if the ethical issue have subjective and emotive components and it is obvious that is not possible to develop a pattern for all ethical dilemmas, we think that is possible to develop some standards not only for human behaviour, but also for artificial intelligence tools used in our life, standards which could be part of human rights.
Artificial intelligence is an important part of our life, but we are sure that the possibility of acquiring the domination of AI over the humanity is only a myth. During the time, the progress helps society but also put a number of ethical problems. In the academic society, like in real life, the process of using different kind of power are complex, and even if it is about the robots, the computer or other artificial intelligence tools the ethical problems are not only theoretical but also practical, it is not only a concept, but it is also a practical support for our life.

Brief Biography of the Speaker:
Professor – chief of Health Promotion, Human Behaviour, Ethics and History of Medicine Department, General Chancellor at the University Transylvania Brasov.
She is member in International Society of Biometrics, member in International Society of Clinical Biostatistics, member in International Society of History of Medicine and editor coordinator of 2 Medical Journal.
She published 21 books like author or co-authors, published in Romania, at the HIMSS, i-technonline
She participates at more than 50 conferences and published 38 papers in extensor at the conference and 72 articles in journals, in the ethics, human behaviour, health promotion and history of medicine.
She was involved in 15 projects like coordinator and member.



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