AI Ethics and Society: Use AI Right and Skip The Drama

men and women working together on Ai ethics and society.
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As machine learning evolves, it’s important to understand AI ethics and society. AI is part of our lives, from Siri to Netflix suggestions. Generative AI tools like ChatGPT and Midjourney are used for text and images. Almost any website you visit has an AI assistant. It’s not quite the Jetsons, but it’s time to understand how AI ethics plays a role in society.

When ChatGpt first broke, I was at a virtual copywriting workshop, and you could feel the hunger for information in the room. Everyone had questions, asking if AI-generated content is legal. Is it ethical? Can it be detectable? Are you required to disclose that your content is AI-generated? 

At the time, there wasn’t enough research on what you could and couldn’t do.  One copywriter felt you should say when AI was used because that’s the right thing. Another copywriter disagreed–asking why disclose using AI when grandma’s secret ingredient stays a secret? 

In this blog, you’ll learn AI ethics and principles, AI trends in blogging, and inspiring black women in AI. This post isn’t just about the tech but how you use tech to shape an innovative and ethical future. 

Let’s focus on using AI responsibly and ethically. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Let’s get into it! 

FAQ 

What is responsible technology?

What are the 7 ethics of AI?

What are the ethical issues of AI?

What is ai ethics? 

As AI finds new ways to merge with humanity, it’s important to understand AI ethics. AI ethics are guidelines or morals companies follow to develop and use AI responsibly. Following AI ethics means users can feel safe knowing they are protected against bias and their privacy is protected. Use this to measure whether you should use AI tech.

There is nothing wrong with using AI as long as you are not trying to hurt anyone. AI has a lot of benefits:

  • it simplifies tasks
  • gives you skills in other areas
  • and makes you omnipresent online.

One thing that’s often overlooked is that AI collects data. As a consumer, you should know why you’re using AI, what the data tells you, and how to use it safely. After reading, you’ll have the basics of AI ethics and society. And confidently decide which AI tool belongs in your blogging business.

Responsible tech governance

Just so there’s no confusion, at the time I wrote this, there weren’t any solid federal laws for AI in the U.S..… yet. If you live in New York, California, or Illinois, look into your state’s regulations so you know you’re using AI responsibly. 

Register for an upcoming training to learn more about the U.S. AI regulations here.

EU AI ACT

Europe is a significant player in the AI Act, creating  AI rules so users have a positive experience. They established a legal framework that categorizes AI based on its level of risk. The policy pushes for more responsible tech to be developed in and outside Europe. 

EU Risk chart. This is how Europe determines how risky AI is, and maintain Ai ethics and society.
Source: European Commisson

AI Ethics and Society Principles

AI ethics principles cover different areas of artificial intelligence, like research and government. But for the sake of this blog post, I will cover the principles of AI ethics related to human rights.

Check out the list of seven principles used to keep AI human-centered below: 

  1. Ethical – making sure AI tools respect human rights and freedoms. 
  2. Transparent – Build trust with users and investors by being clear about AI involvement.
  3. Accountability – hold the people responsible for developing and launching AI tools if they cause harm.  
  4. Fairness – promote Fairness with no bias or discrimination in the development stage. 
  5. Risk Management – identify the risks associated with AI tech. 
  6. Auditable – quickly find and explain the decisions AI makes. 
  7. Human Oversight – has a level of human input to control the decisions made in AI. 

As you explore artificial intelligence, keep these seven principles in mind. They will help you evaluate AI more deeply than the rate at which it produces information.

Why integrity matters in ai

I recently read AI Ethics: What It Is and Why It Matters. The author talked about the importance of AI ethics and societal principles. He argued that artificial intelligence was meant to enhance or “replace human Intelligence.” But you must be careful if you’re designing AI tech to replace human life. You could unintentionally transfer your prejudices, beliefs, or viewpoints to AI. AI could be vulnerable to the ideas that influence human decision-making.  

How aI ethics affects society 

Now that you’ve grasped the principles of AI ethics let’s look at some real-life examples of how AI impacts society. 

Work smarter, not harder

It’s no secret that AI has changed the game for bloggers and content creators over the last four years. Anyone who runs a blog will tell you it gets overwhelming keeping up with all the little tasks. 

Nowadays, you have an AI tool for almost any task you need help with. Just search YouTube’s catalog of how-to videos on content automation, writing blogs in bulk, or the best AI tools to create 30 videos in under an hour. 

Sign up for There’s An AI For the newsletter for the latest AI productivity tools. 

Then, last summer, on episode 218 of the Just B You podcast, I caught up with Cameron Clark, the creator behind Book Blaster IO. In the episode, Cameron calls Book Blaster a gift to authors. The artificial intelligence tool helps writers meet their marketing needs. A task Cameron says writers shouldn’t forget and start too soon. 

Listen to the full episode here for more insight on how to use Book Blaster to market your next book! 

My last example of how AI has shaped our society comes from a story my Bishop shared. A few weeks ago, Bishop met with an architect and witnessed a design problem corrected in minutes. The fascinating part was what the AI software did next…

Any design changes automatically signal the software to recalculate a project’s timeline. If that isn’t time efficiency, I don’t know what is. 

A stack of pink notebooks and a calculator
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The job market

One challenge in using artificial intelligence in the workforce is how algorithms are trained to pull resumes based on specific data. In 2015, Amazon used a recruiting tool to shorten the hiring process, but it didn’t work as they had hoped. The tool ended up rejecting resumes with the word women in it, creating an issue of discrimination. Amazon’s AI recruiting tool violated the Fairness principle. 

In the March/April edition of Benefits Magazine, they foresee benefit funds using AI to analyze call center conversations, emails, and participant questions. With the proper governance and testing, AI would recommend benefit plans ( health and retirement) to employees. It could also give employers insight into their existing plans and suggest improvements.

Writing platforms 

Writing platforms are developing rules to regulate AI-generated content, and Medium just announced its new policy. Beginning May 1, AI-generated content will no longer be eligible for the paywall in the Partnership Program. The platform is committed to telling human stories, and you can learn more about the new change below. 

Mediums policy defines AI-generated content as:

Writing where most of the content is created by an AI-writing program with little or no edits, improvements, fact-checking, or changes.

AI-generated content is ONLY eligible for general distribution if: 

  • You clearly state that the writing is AI-generated 
  • AI-generated images are appropriately credited. 

If you aren’t upfront about what’s AI-generated:

  • Your story will lose eligibility for a boost into bigger audiences.
  • You risk losing your membership in the Partnership Program
  • The only readers who can see your stories are your followers. 

In other words, Medium is not the platform you want to use if your goal is to earn passive income using AI-generated content. It sounds like Medium is giving AI content limited visibility. 

Pop culture

Last November, we learned Cardi B doesn’t play about her money or image. She threatened to sue a tech company for using her voice and likeness in AI-generated content without asking. Cardi and a few other celebrities support the “No AI Fraud Bill,” which gives individuals the right to sue for AI abuse. 

Using someone’s voice or talent for your needs is only okay with their knowledge. No amount of techno-babble will cover up this violation of AI ethics and society. 

For my Law and Order fans, did you catch the latest “Organized Crimes” episode? Writers told a predictive policing story. They used AI to speed up an investigation by analyzing information from the suspect’s past. In theory, it sounds good, but it also blurs the lines of the Fairness and privacy principles in AI ethics. 

Women for ethical ai

I’m so excited about this section of the blog because women in tech are underrepresented. Only 27% of women are in tech, and 2% of those women identify as Black. Keep reading to discover how women shape AI ethics and society.

Source: Harvard.edu

Latanya Sweeney is a Professor of Government and Tech at Harvard University. She uncovered discrimination in online algorithms with two other colleges with a 20-dollar bill. This discovery led to her founding a new area in AI called Algorithmic Fairness. 

Timnit Gerbrue

Source: Twitter

Timnit Gerbru was the lead researcher on Google’s Ethical AI team and collaborated with Fei Fei Li. Together, they created opportunities for more diversity and inclusion on artificial teams to create responsible tech. We need diversity in AI research teams to look at problems from different angles. and solve more problems. And I’m not talking about your regular everyday problems. I’m talking about the issues you need a cultural awareness of.   

Fei Fei Li for Ai ethics and society
Source: Fei Fei Li Twitter

Timnit parted ways with Google in 2020 after co-writing an article on large language models. Google and Timnit couldn’t agree on the level of risk large language models pose. From Timnit’s research and perspective, the bigger the model gets, the harder it will be to audit AI for biases and discrimination. She also expressed environmental concerns over the energy large language models produce. Google didn’t see it that way. 

Today, Timnit is the co-founder of Black in AI and the Executive Director of Distributed Artificial Intelligence Research (DAIR). She champions more diversity in AI so that creating and sharing AI benefits everyone. 

Learn more about the women paving the way in AI ethics here.

AI ethics and blog trends in 2024

Blogs are still in demand, but the rules are changing, especially if you’re using artificial intelligence. Let’s look at some AI trends bloggers should be aware of. 

  • Honesty is the best policy, so be upfront about using AI. Writing platforms are creating guidelines for AI-generated content.
  • Include your experience to make your blog personable and engaging. 
  • Write in a conversational tone. Talk to your audience instead of at them. Try this copywriting hack: use “you” when writing.
  • Use conversational long-tail keywords in your SEO strategy.
  • Include more videos in blogs to keep readers locked in. 
  • Voice search optimization: Structure your blog so that it answers FAQs quickly, and voice Assistants like Alexa or Google Assistant can find it. 

Conclusion

Anyone can start blogging with the help of artificial intelligence. You don’t have to be tech-savvy. You have to understand the tool and apply AI ethics. As I wrap this post up, remember this: 

  1. Be transparent with your audience so they will trust you.
  2. Stay updated with AI regulations, which are changing daily.
  3. Use conversational long-tail keywords, videos, your experience, and use voice search optimization. 

By committing to using responsible tech and AI ethics, you’re setting yourself up for success in the age of AI. e Black AI ethicists. This isn’t just about the tech but how you use tech to shape an innovative and ethical future lifestyle. 


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