AI and Autonomous and Intelligent systems (A/IS) are specifically designed to reduce the necessity for human intervention in our day-to-day lives. In so doing, these new systems have raised concerns about their impact on individuals and societies. Likewise, they have raised many questions, including how do we ensure that these technologies and systems are developed in an ethical and sustainable way and operate in ways that are beneficial to people and the environment without losing site of people’s values and well-being.
AI and A/IS are driving powerful new applications in dozens of industries and sectors with many benefits for society. But we need to keep top of mind that the decisions, recommendations and results of AI and A/IS have hidden bias, missing demographics, accumulated inaccuracies in datasets and more that can guide these new technologies in the wrong directions and the applications can cause harm their creators never intended. A foundational component to addressing this and to realizing sustainable economic and societal benefits of these technologies, as well as the efficiencies and innovation they bring, is ethically aligned design.