Spinoza’s ethics was the first attempt to apply Euclidean thinking to philosophy to create a system of ethics from first principles.
Could we apply the same first principles thinking to formulating AI ethics?
Last week, I spoke at an online event for legal professionals about AI Ethics. AI ethics is a very important topic but it is also a subject like Privacy i.e. there is a lot of heat but little light. By that I mean, everyone has a view on AI ethics but there are very few pragmatic approaches on AI ethics.
So, I was trying to present a set of pragmatic ideas for AI ethics.
I proposed that every organization should create its own AI ethics framework from first principles because
Hence, the suggestion that every company could create its own AI ethics by adapting an existing framework to their needs and undertaking a first-principles approach for their organization
Firstly, you could start with a general ethics framework for example by the Alan Turing Institute which provide the principles and priorities for a legal framework
This represents a top-down approach
Now, the HBR document How to create an AI ethics framework suggests a bottom-up approach based on the following steps
Hence, it may be not so difficult to create an AI ethics framework tailored to your organization from first principles by taking both a top-down and bottom-up approach – much like Spinoza.
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