In an op-ed for Slate, Daniel Susser writes while professionals have taken an ethics-based approach to solving artificial intelligence concerns, it will not be enough to have a system that reflects human values, such as privacy and autonomy. Susser points to the European Commission's draft ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI and Microsoft's "AI Principles" as a couple of the positive steps but does not see such advisories creating change on their own. "Lists of 'ethical principles' are intentionally too vague to be effective, critics argue," Susser writes. "Ethics education is being substituted for hard, enforceable rules. Company ethics boards offer 'advice' rather than meaningful oversight. The result is 'ethics theater' — or worse, 'ethics washing' — a veneer of concern for the greater good, engineered to pacify critics and divert public attention away from what’s really going on."
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