Irina Raicu is the director of the Internet Ethics program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. Views are her own.
Amid a maelstrom of articles and academic papers addressing the ethics of artificial intelligence, the following selection of readings aims to highlight some key issues. While it is by no means exhaustive, we hope it will provide a useful starting point for conversations about AI ethics. (Note: most recently updated on 6/18/2020; 2 new selections now appear at the end of the list.)
Don’t Believe Every AI You See
by danah boyd
AI Researchers Allege that Machine Learning Is Alchemy
by Matthew Hutson
Should We Be Afraid of AI?
by Luciano Floridi
Anatomy of an AI System
by Kate Crawford and Vladan Joren
How AI Will Rewire Us
by Nicholas Christakis
Style Is an Algorithm
by Kyle Chayka
Algorithms Aren’t Racist. Your Skin Is Just Too Dark.
by Joy Buolamwini
If AI Is Going to Be the World’s Doctor, It Needs Better Books
by Dave Gershgorn
When Are Predictions Policies?
by Zachary Lipton
Giving Algorithms a Sense of Uncertainty Could Make Them More Ethical
by Karen Hao
The Weirdest Languages
by Tyler Schnoebelen
Alexa and The Age of Casual Rudeness
by Ken Gordon
We Don't Need Robots that Resemble Humans
by Evan Selinger
The Ethics of Automation: Poetry and Robot Priests
by David O’Hara
Attacks Against Machine Learning: An Overview
by Elie Bursztein
AI Ethics: Seven Traps
by Annette Zimmerman and Bendert Zevenbergen
Moral Deskilling and Upskilling in a New Machine Age
by Shannon Vallor
A Misdirected Application of AI Ethics
by Abeba Birhane and Jelle Van Dijk
Why Robustness Is Key to Deploying AI
by Jacob Steinhardt and Helen Toner
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