Back in November of last year, 2013, I wrote a post entitled Future Friday: An HR Job of the Future, in which I conjectured that an HR job of the future would be “bio-technical ethicist.” I even said that I could foresee a program of the EEOC called DETR which stands for the Department of the Ethical Treatment of Robots. Based on an article the MailOnline.com out of the UK the future is arriving pretty fast.
Google, which has been buying up a lot of artificial intelligence firms, created an ethics board to oversee its work in artificial intelligence. This ethics board has actually been set up to help insure that Artificial Intelligence projects are not abused. One of the founders of a company acquired by Google believes that AI will actually lead to the extinction of the human race (that is a nice rosy picture for you) and he wants to make sure Google doesn’t help that along. However, since eliminating people would not be great business strategy for Google I don’t think they will be rushing down that road.
DeepMind, the company purchased, is working to make artificial intelligence much more human like. Google will probably use it to improve things it already has in place while also taking advantage of the expertise of the founder neuroscientist Demis Hassabis. However, I don’t see it as being a big leap from worrying about the ethics of dealing with artificial intelligence to the ethics of how you treat artificial intelligence. That moment may arrive sooner than we think.