Luke Munn: “The Uselessness of AI Ethics”

Luke Munn and Erich Prem discuss about the AI ethics and uselessness of AI guidelines.

Speakers: Luke Munn (University of Queensland, Australia) and Erich Prem (Universität Wien & eutema, Austria)
Speakers: Luke Munn (University of Queensland, Australia) and Erich Prem (Universität Wien & eutema, Austria)

December 6th 2022

  • 14:00 – 15:00 CET
  • This is an online-only event.
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  • Speakers:
    Luke Munn, University of Queensland, Australia
    Erich Prem, Universität Wien & eutema, Austria

About the Event

December 6, 2022
2:00 – 3:00 PM
(14:00) CET


In this discussion, Luke Munn and Erich Prem consider the apparent uselessness of AI ethics. As the awareness of AI’s power and danger has risen, the dominant response has been a turn to ethical principles. A flood of AI guidelines have been released in both the public and private sector in the last several years. Systematic reviews of these frameworks reveal that most of them are instances of principlism. Unfortunately, such principles are often meaningless and vague, they lack “teeth” or enforcement, and they are situated in an industry that often ignores ethics. The question then is how to leverage ethical principles, to move from what to how. There have been numerous proposals for tools, techniques, and algorithms to create ethical AI systems. Will this be the solution or will we need completely new pathways to building and operating AI systems that align with societal values?

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The Uselessness of AI Ethics
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