By Rita Nicholson
Similar to humans, machines can be intelligent. Artificial intelligence, often called AI, is an example of such a thing. AI can perform tasks that humans have normally done, like operating on a patient, working in a factory, or even acting as a security guard. However, the ethicality of AI is questionable.
For instance, AIs have commonly replaced humans in their jobs. More and more humans are being replaced and are, as a result, unemployed. Humans are living, breathing citizens; they are not robots. It’s necessary for humans to support themselves, and in today’s world, practically the only way to do that is being employed. AIs don’t have this need. They don’t have to have a way to get food, water and shelter. Humans do. There is no need to deprive humans of their essential needs, and using AIs to do so is truly unethical.
Another issue that the use of AIs raises is security. It’s a well-known fact that technology is hackable. How can one be sure that their AI is secure from hackers? A lot of individuals’ information, like social security and bank accounts, is stored digitally on technology. As previously stated, that technology is hackable. If AI runs the risk of being hacked, people’s information is also vulnerable to an outside attack. This is a pointless risk if AIs are not needed.
There are few instances in which artificial intelligence is ethical. The use of an AI to rescue survivors from a natural disaster is an example of an acceptable use. However, most uses of AI are not necessarily ethical, like replacing humans in the workforce. Therefore, using AIs should be limited to situations in which it would improve the lives of humans.