Articles  |  ,   |  February 28, 2019

The Ethics of AI Ethics: An Evaluation of Guidelines

Article by Thilo Hagendorff.
International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities


Current advances in research, development and application of artificial intelligence (AI) systems have yielded a far-reaching discourse on AI ethics. In consequence, a number of ethics guidelines have been released in recent years. These guidelines comprise normative principles and recommendations aimed to harness the “disruptive” potentials of new AI technologies. Designed as a comprehensive evaluation, this paper analyzes and compares these guidelines highlighting overlaps but also omissions. As a result, I give a detailed overview of the field of AI ethics. Finally, I also examine to what extent the respective ethical principles and values are implemented in the practice of research, development and application of AI systems – and how the effectiveness in the demands of AI ethics can be improved.