An ethical framework to preserve human dignity

Sonja Schmer-Galunder • 11 May 2019
Preserving human dignity in the age of AI should be at the forefront of discussions when designing AI related policies based on an ethical framework.

Issue: How can we preserve human dignity, autonomy, and individuality? In the future, many average jobs will become less meaningful and may make people question the meaning of life. More than ever, inclusive AI that represents all groups and their preferences equally is needed. Neither political orientation of developers nor criminal records of people using AI should influence the access to advantages by AI.

Solution: On the global scale, we seek for an equivalent of the Geneva Convention on Human Rights for AI with constant updating. Adapting an existing system that is flexible and open to the fact that we don't know everything. Since we already agreed on the universal human rights it may be easier to work towards consent. Also, we could imagine researching the AI Agent AI Theory of Mind. Do incentives work for the corporate business? Campaigns like let tech change tech show that companies have the right intentions. Data should be stored forever but have an expiration date to inform processes. We aim to have target populations involved in the product making design and additional as an instance similar to ethical review boards for scientific studies.

Who: Bottom-Up & Top-Down at the same time. We need consensus and shared values between leading companies to set standards to be followed. On the other hand, individuals need to be educated to incentivize companies and products that are inclusive. Finally, governments should protect individuals from behavioral manipulation.