Artificial Intelligence in the 21st Century is a powerfully disruptive technology, one whose influence in society is growing exponentially and will continue to grow in the coming decades. It is a technology with the potential to bring great benefits, but also great harm. How then may we reap the benefits of AI while ensuring we are not harmed by it? How do we ensure the primacy of human dignity as technology accelerates headlong into the future? I assert that AI is neither good nor bad in and of itself. It is merely an extension of humanity and not a threatening external entity as presented in popular culture. Clearly it is the uses to which AI is put that determines its value. The potential abuses of AI, for example in rogue autonomous weapons, should not place unreasonable restraint on the development of AI when the potential benefits arguably outweigh the harm. 

Author Biography

David Tuffley, School of Information and Communication Technology, Griffith University.

Dr. David Tuffley is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Ethics and SocioTechnical Studies at Griffith University’s School of ICT. A regular contributor to mainstream media on the social impact of technology, David is a recognized expert in his field. Before academia David worked as an IT Consultant in Australia and the United Kingdom, a role he continues to perform when not educating the next generation of IT professionals. David is an engaging science communicator of many years experience, David was a guest panelist in the 2017 World Science Festival and a wide variety of high profile public events.



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