September 2023 AI Ethics Roundup
Check out the most interesting articles from September about AI Ethics
Happy October friends! For the past few months, I’ve been doing monthly round-ups and reflections on my work, and being internally focused. AI Ethics and Responsible AI is a team sport, so I decided to switch my focus to what others are saying about AI on Substack. I grabbed some of the most interesting pieces on AI from September that have ethical implications. Hope you love the round-up.
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First up, I found this piece onfrom , which looks at the impact of AI girlfriends on actual women. It’s easy to get locked into the perspective of the impact on the people who use them and forget about the other side of the question - the people who are left in the cold. For me, the whole concept of an AI significant other feels weird. It’s not a thing I would have thought of being problematic, so I’m happy that Freya wrote this to bring attention to the whole issue, not just one side of it. writing posts a response from an email conversation with Jeff Brechlin. I don’t agree with Mr. Brechlin’s dark perspective because I think it overstates the capabilities of artificial intelligence and underestimates the complexity of sentience and self-awareness. But I also think it’s an important discussion to have.
Over on, spends some time talking about the interaction of the free market, creatives, and GenAI. I loved the critique, painting the GenAI narrative as a means of control and reinforcing existing power structures, while also framing the role of creative pursuits as driving society forward as a disruptive force. writes the and wrote a piece about another issue with genAI that I was unaware of - AI-generated music, and how prevalent it is on some streaming platforms. While Ted questions the intentionality of so much AI-generated music, I found the parallels he drew with the recently resolved Writers Strike to be more interesting, as well as the question of: should AI generated music be labeled? Do we need the ingredient list?
Finally, for this month, we have a Substack calledfrom . Jon recently posted a video of a talk he gave at Gamescom about the role of Artificial Intelligence, and the ‘evolution’ of the self in games, arguing that AI enables more emergence in gaming (and society as a whole), through the lens of creativity. While I categorize his perspective as too optimistic, I thought the framing was interesting. Plus, I love games and finding something to feature with video games and AI was fun.