Conference Papers  |    |  February 1, 2018

Jill Watson Doesn’t Care if You’re Pregnant: Grounding AI Ethics in Empirical Studies

Conference Paper by Bobbie Eicher, Lalith Polepeddi and Ashok Goel.
Presented at the 2018 AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society.


Jill Watson is our name for a virtual teaching assistant for a Georgia Tech course on artificial intelligence: Jill answers routine, frequently asked questions on the class discussion forum. In this paper, we outline some of the ethical issues that arose in the development and deployment of the virtual teaching assistant. We posit that experiments such as Jill Watson are critical for deeply understanding AI ethics.