How Society Can Maintain Human-Centric Artificial Intelligence

Published in Human-centered digitalization and services, 2019

Recommended citation: Bryson, J. J., & Theodorou, A.(2019). Improving robot transparency: real-time visualisation of robot AI substantially improves understanding in naive observers.Toivonen-Noro, Marja I, Saari E., Melkas H., and Hasu M., eds. Human-centered digitalization and services

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Although not a universally held goal, maintaining human-centric artificial intelligence is necessary for society’s long-term stability. Fortunately, the legal and technological problems of maintaining control are actually fairly well understood and amenable to engineering. The real problem is establishing the social and political will for assigning and maintaining accountability for artefacts when these artefacts are generated or used. In this chapter we review the necessity and tractability of maintaining human control, and the mechanisms by which this can be achieved. What makes the problem both most interesting and most threatening is that achieving consensus around such an approach requires at least some measure of agreement on broad existential concerns.