According to the result of a survey which Dr. Christopher Nguyen shared in his “Should AI care about Ethics” talk at Fulbright University Vietnam, Americans are growing less excited and more concerned towards AI technologies.
While some impacts seem self-explanatory such as policies & regulations, or technological advancement, some carry more complicated outlooks. Let’s take the self-driving car as an example. The creation of self-driving car brings great economic impact by enhancing productivity for the users.
At the same time, it will affect the current society by eliminating jobs related to driving. If the self-driving car causes an accident, who – the user or the manufacturer – will be responsible and how can we determine that?
Such unprecedented cases will require the legal system to adapt. If the legal system fails to satisfactorily solve the case, should we or should we not ask for government’s regulations on self-driving car? What role does ethics play in this and whose roles should it be?
There will be more examples like this one as AI develops further in the future. So where do we, human beings, go from here? To adapt to this new age, Dr. Christopher Nguyen suggested that we need to encourage a combination of STEM and liberal arts education, the type of education Fulbright University Vietnam is pursuing. We also need to maintain a growth mindset so that we can adapt quickly to changes.
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