To begin with, we will consider the question of what is an artificial intelligence. What differentiates AI from other types of machine learning? Is the development of AI a pressing ethical matter?
In the second section we will examine ethical questions regarding the creation of artificial intelligence. Is it morally permissible to create an artificial intelligence? Is it morally permissible to destroy an artificial intelligence? When would an artificial intelligence possess moral status?
In the third section we will examine the philosophical issues regarding how to design an ethical AI. We will explore, for example, rule-based approaches (e.g. Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics), bottom up approaches, and top down approaches to designing ethical AI.
In the fourth section we will examine if AI inherently poses a threat to humans, and if it is possible to align our existential aims with those of an AI.
In the fifth section we shall consider the ethics of particular uses of AI. We will investigate the ethical problems that arise from full automated war drones, autonomous vehicles, sex robots, and AI healthcare diagnostics.