“Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI”: To Promote Human Dignity, Agency, and Flourishing

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Honesty (Respecting Truth), Self-control (Becoming the Author of Our Desires), Humility (Knowing What We Do Not Know), Justice (Upholding Rightness), Courage (Intelligent Fear and Hope), Empathy (Compassionate Concern for Others), Care (Loving Service to Others), Civility (Making Common Cause), Flexibility (Skillful Adaptation to Change), Perspective (Holding on to the Moral Whole), and Magnanimity (Moral Leadership and Nobility of Spirit).

Take, for example, autonomous cars — with lots of AI in them, and in the infrastructure around the cars. Yes, there are some cars driving around with some level of autonomy. But they are not fully autonomous and they are not widely used. Therefore we cannot yet have a good-enough understanding of the ways in which people use autonomous cars and of their place in society.

Autonomous cars may, e.g., incentivize people to make longer commutes: to travel 4 hours in the early morning (while sleeping behind the wheel) and travel 4 hours in the evening (while watching videos). This could disrupt family lives, corrode leisure time, social interactions and the social fabric of society, and have huge negative impacts on the environment — and on traffic congestion.

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