How Do AI Ethics Principles Work? From Process to Product Point of View

Kai-Kristian Kemell, Ville Vakkuri, Fahad Sohrab

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Discussing the potential negative impacts of AI systems and how to address them has been the core idea
of AI ethics more recently. Based on this discussion, various principles summarizing and categorizing
ethical issues have been proposed. To bring these principles into practice, it has been common to
repackage them into guidelines for AI ethics. The impact of these guidelines seems to remain small,
however, and is considered to be a result of a lack of interest in them. To remedy this issue, other ways
of implementing these principles have also been proposed. In this paper, we wish to motivate more
discussion on the role of the product in AI ethics. While the lack of adoption of these guidelines and their
principles is an issue, we argue that there are also issues with the principles themselves. The principles
overlap and conflict and commonly include discussion on issues that seem distant from practice. Given
the lack of empirical studies in AI ethics, we wish to motivate further empirical studies by highlighting
current gaps in the research area.
Original languageFinnish
Title of host publicationConference on Technology Ethics – Tethics, October 18–19, 2023, Turku, Finland.
EditorsMinna M. Rantanen, Salla Westerstrand, Otto Sahlgren, Jani Koskinen
Publication date2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventConference on Technology Ethics, Tethics - Turku, Finland
Duration: 18 Oct 202319 Oct 2023
Conference number: 6

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
ISSN (Electronic)1613-0073

Fields of Science

  • 113 Computer and information sciences

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