AI and Digital Ethics

ai and ethics

Data is increasingly fueling the economy, politics, and everyday life. Our financial transactions, movements, communications, relationships, and interactions with governments and businesses all generate data that is being collected, stored, sold, bought, and acquired through other means by data brokers, governments, and corporations interested in profiling individuals. As data sets grow to become Big Data, and as artificial intelligence becomes more sophisticated in collecting and analysing data, the opportunities ahead seem infinite. From climate science to healthcare and policing, AI could significantly enhance our problem-solving capacities. The risks, however, are also great, as the information being handled about individuals is sometimes extremely sensitive. Governments and companies need to address a number of ethical questions and find methods to capitalise on information while designing best practices in order to respect people's privacy and maintain their trust. 

Dr Hannah Maslen and Dr Carissa Véliz are currently working on ethical issues revolving around the development of AI, and the collection and management of data.


Maslen, H. & Savulescu, J. (forthcoming), 'The Ethics of Virtual Reality and Teleprescence’, in Tony Prescott, Nathan Lepora and Paul Verschure (eds.), Living Machines: A Handbook of Research in Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems, Oxford University Press. 

Savulescu, J. & Maslen, H. (2014), ‘Moral Artificial Intelligence: Moral AI?’, in Jan Romportl, Eva Zackova, Jozef Kelemen (eds.) Beyond Artificial Intelligence: The Disappearing Human-Machine Divide, Springer.

Carissa Véliz, 29 January 2018
Al Jazeera Media ViewInterviewed in connection with privacy issues relating to Strava (fitness tracking app) after discovery of a major flaw in its global heatmap.  Highly sensitive data, location etc, collected on military personnel was found to be very easy to de-anonymize

Rainey, S., (2018), 'Artificial Intelligence, the Singularity, and the Future', Panel Discussion,  Philosophy Now Festival 2018 (20 January). 

Carissa Véliz, 7 January 2018
'¿Confiar tus desnudos a Facebook?', [would you trust Facebook with nude photos?]

Jonathan Pugh, June 16, 2017
Using AI to Predict Criminal Offending: What Makes it ‘Accurate’, and What Makes it ‘Ethical’

Carissa Véliz, 11 January 2017
Why you might want to think twice about surrendering online privacy for the sake of convenience

Carissa Véliz,14 April 2016
The Challenge of Determining Whether an A.I. Is Sentient

Carissa Véliz, 30 January 2016 (with Julia Powles)
How Europe is fighting to change tech companies' 'wrecking ball' ethics

Hannah Maslen, October 28, 2015
Virtually reality? The value of virtual activities and remote interaction 

Carissa Véliz, 2 June 2015
What to do with Google—nothing, break it up, nationalise it, turn it into a public utility, treat it as a public space, or something else?

Carissa Véliz,15 April 2015
Should airline pilots have less medical privacy?

Carissa Véliz, 2 February 2015
Facebook’s new Terms of Service: Choosing between your privacy and your relationships

Hannah Maslen, 16 May 2014
On the ‘right to be forgotten’

Hannah Maslen, 26 March 2014
Computer vision and emotional privacy

Hannah Maslen, 12 April 2013
Strict-ish liability? An experiment in the law as algorithm

Hannah Maslen, 15 March 2013
A reply to ‘Facebook: You are your ‘Likes”

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