Artificial Intelligence


The remarkable advances in artificial intelligence (AI) promise unprecedented advantages—in commerce, medicine, and our everyday lives. However, the development of AI also is fraught with challenges. The Center for Ethics is an emerging leader in the ethics of AI as highlighted by our faculty’s recent scholarship, publications, and presentations.

A particular area of interest for our director, Dr. Paul Root Wolpe, is what he calls Deep Ethics. AI platforms can be deeply biased, misguided, or lack transparency. As they have increasing control over our lives, AI itself will begin making moral decisions with real impact on our lives; we are entering the age of Moral Machines. It is important that we develop ethical guidelines to shape AI as we integrate it into our lives.

In 2019, our most requested speaking topic was AI. Listed below are some of Dr. Wolpe's recent talks on ethics and AI:

  • "AI and Deep Ethics," TEDx Atlanta, Rialto Center for the Arts, Atlanta, March 2019
  • "The Business Ethics of Artificial Intelligence," Connex 2019 Professional and Business Seminar, Atlanta, March 2019
  • "Overview and the Science behind AI and the Ethical Implications of AI-enabled Technology" (panelist), TI:GER Innovation Conference, Atlanta, March 2019
  • "AI and Ethical Algorithms: The Need for ‘Deep Ethics,’ " Atlanta Kiwanis Club, April 2019
  • "Ethics in AI," Technology Association of Georgia, Atlanta, May 2019
  • "Ethics in AI," Decatur Book Festival, Atlanta, September 2019
  • "Ethics and Artificial Intelligence: The Need for ‘Deep Ethics,’ " Atlanta Rotary, September 2019
  • "AI: The Possibilities and Ethical Questions in Healthcare" (panel moderator), Health Connect South Annual Conference, Atlanta, September 2019