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Why Should We Care About Technology Ethics? The Updated ACM Code of Ethics


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Ethics are moral priniciples that help people tell right from wrong.

Ethical responsibility is especially critical to artificial intelligence developers, said Catherine Flick of the ACM Committee on Professional Ethics.

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The ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct was updated last year in response to changes in the computing field over the past decades.

Catherine Flick of the ACM Committee on Professional Ethics said ethical responsibility is especially critical to artificial intelligence (AI) developers, as uncertainty surrounding machine learning techniques and uses could sow public distrust, especially with their integration into infrastructure.

Flick added that the ACM Code of Ethics must be holistically applied to artificial intelligence and machine learning applications.

“Put simply,” Flick said, “if you can’t predict what your system will do, and you can’t or won’t monitor it, you shouldn’t deploy it.”



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