Science & Technology

Implications of Artificial Intelligence for Individual Liberty and Responsibility


People use artificial intelligence constantly while simultaneously worrying that artificial intelligence will enslave us, replace us, and steal our jobs. This conference explored instances where liberty is being furthered by artificial intelligence, others where liberty is being threatened, and the ambiguity surrounding the effects of artificial intelligence. Conferees discussed the challenges of balancing regulation and innovation.


Conference Readings

Anonymous. “Open Letter to Google CEO.” The New York Times. (February 15, 2019).

Arkin, Ronald. “Lethal Autonomous Systems and the Plight of the Non-combatant.” AISB Quarterly (July 2013): 1-9.

Borenstein, Jason and Ronald Arkin. “Robotic Nudges: The Ethics of Engineering a More Socially Just Human Being.” Science and Engineering Ethics 22, no. 1 (2016): 31-46.

Bostrom, Nick. “Ethical Issues in Advanced Artificial Intelligence.” Oxford University. (February 18, 2019).

Dennett, Daniel C., “When HAL Kills, Who’s to Blame? Computer Ethics” In Hal’s Legacy: 2001’s Computer as Dream and Reality, edited by David G. Stork, 351-365. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1997.

Etzioni, Amitai and Oren Etzioni. “Pros and Cons of Autonomous Weapons Systems.” Military Review (May-June 2017): 72-81.

Ford, Paul. “Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence.” MIT Technology Review (March/April 2015): 1-8.

Garvie, Clare, Alvaro M. Bedoya, and Jonathan Frankle. “The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America.” Georgetown Law, Center on Privacy and Technology. (February 16, 2019).

Hager, Gregory D., Ann Drobnis, Fei Fang, Rayid Ghani, Amy Greenwald, Terah Lyons, David C. Parkes, Jason Schultz, Suchi Saria, Stephen F. Smith, and Milind Tambe. “Artificial Intelligence for Social Good.” Computing Community Consortium. (February 15, 2019).

Harari, Yuval Noah. “Why Technology Favors Tyranny.” The Atlantic (October 2018): 1-15.

Katz, Yarden. “Manufacturing an Artificial Intelligence Revolution.” SSRN (November 27, 2017): 1-21.

Lin, Patrick, George Bekey, and Keith Abney. “Autonomous Military Robotics: Risk, Ethics, and Design.” US Department of Navy, Office of Naval Research (December 20, 2008): 1-112.

Minsky, Marvin L. “Why People Think Computers Can’t.” AI Magazine 3, no. 4 (Winter 1982): 3-15.

MIT. “Autonomous Vehicles: Are You Ready for the New Ride?” MIT Technology Review (November 9, 2017): 1-10.

Murphy, Robin and David Woods. “"Beyond Asimov: The Three Laws of Responsible Robotics".” IEEE Intelligent Systems 24, no. 4 (July-August 2009): 14-20.

Roose, Kevin. “Here Come the Fake Videos, Too.” The New York Times (March 4,  2018): 1-6.

Scharre, Paul and Michael C. Horowitz. “Artificial Intelligence: What Every Policymaker Needs to Know.” Center for a New American Security (June 2018): 1-19.

Scherer, Matthew U. “Regulating Artificial Intelligence Systems: Risks, Challenges, Competencies, and Strategies.” Harvard Journal of Law & Technology 29, no. 2 (Spring 2016): 354-400.

Surowiecki, James. “Chill: Robots Won’t Take Our Jobs.” Wired (August 2017): 1-7.

Turing, Alan M. “Computing Machinery and Intelligence.” Mind (October 1950): 433-460.

Vinge, Vernor. “The Coming Technological Singularity.” Whole Earth Review (Winter 1993): 1-11.