AI development: Focus on people
The discussion about the effects of AI is dominated by a multitude of high expectations. The hope of improving the quality of life is accompanied by promises of an economic or ecological progress. Expectations are also high in different fields of research. Medicine, for example, hopes to gain new and faster insights into the causes and treatment options of diseases with the help of AI.
“AI has to consider human needs”
“However, these fine-sounding promises and expectations only have a chance of becoming reality if the AI systems intended for this purpose acknowledge human needs and behaviors appropriately,” explains Pascal Vetter. As a member of the scientific staff of the ITAS research group “Digital Technologies and Societal Change” the doctoral student deals with questions of human-centered technology design. According to Vetter, systems that use learning algorithms have to communicate in an understandable way, explain their activities, and must not make the people they come into contact with worry about their own well-being.
Ethical design processes
Based on these considerations, Pascal Vetter investigates in his dissertation project methods that allow the incorporation of established fundamental societal, ethical, and moral principles into the design processes of AI systems. To this end, he draws on existing knowledge in the fields of technology assessment and technology ethics. (09.07.2020)
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