AI is becoming integral to design of systems in all engineering fields. This raises new ethical issues for engineers. What are some ways this is being and can be addressed in teaching design and in engineering programs in general?
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AI & Ethics - Nordic Engineers
An interesting topic that deserves everyone's attention. It is because, AI – in terms of AIPPS (AI-Powered Products and Services) are present in whatever we do and use – and it's going to be more overwhelming in time to come. By default, engineers (not civil engineers per se) are part of this extraordinary development together with our colleagues in the computational science. There were some discussions on it in the Collaborate topic: Advancement of AI in collaboration with Autonomous Vehicles – Rethinking our Traditional Traffic Infrastructure (Horizontal/Subsurface Infrastructure & Transportation).
But serious questions have been emerging across the board on different ethical aspects on AIPPS. The 2020 Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma has amazing portrayals and discussions on it. I have tried to address some of it by asking 9 questions in my piece: Artificial Intelligence – the Tool of No Limit with discussions on Ethics, Morals and Laws. AI and Civil Engineering – also came into focus – highlighting how civil engineering profession – in terms of tools and models that we use – are getting facelift and transformation. Of course, this transformation has its own implications on Ethics and Morals.
------------------------------Dr. Dilip Barua, Ph.D, P.Eng, M. ASCEVancouver, BC, Canada------------------------------