Artificial Intelligence and ethics

When we talk about artificial intelligence and ethics, the challenges always stem from a moral perspective. To some extent, this is undoubtedly true. The vast majority of examples concern morally troubling concerns from the AI’s algorithms. While AI has improved our lives and businesses, it also poses ethical issues that must be addressed.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) published a book in 2021 that discussed the development, implementation, and use of artificial intelligence and ethics-related concerns. In addition, the Gradient Institute produced a white paper in 2019 that outlined the practical obstacles of ethical AI developers in four main categories:

Having The Appropriate Mindset

Artificial intelligence systems deal with data and have no context outside of that data set. AI does not come with a moral compass or any grasp of the consequences of its actions. Unless the designers explain what is fair or unjust, it has no frame of reference. As a result, designers must create a visual depiction of the goal behind a system’s design. This requires identifying, assessing, and measuring ethical factors while balancing them against the system’s performance objectives.

System Design Based On Artificial Intelligence

Bias, causation, and uncertainty should all be considered when developing AI.

Biases should be discovered and mitigated or removed from data sets whenever possible. It is critical to eliminate preferences based on gender, ethnicity, country, and other factors, particularly in today’s globalized society. Consider interview processes: if the system ignores gender, it may unfairly penalize a female applicant’s gap in work experience when the gap was due to a legitimate reason, such as caring for her family. Proxy features can be used to help overcome this. Even when protected characteristics like gender are deleted, proxy traits allow information inference.

Training an interview screening model using education data that includes gender information is one example of such features.

However, more than simply data, bias is caused by several other factors that also influence it. There could be cognitive biases on the part of the designers, a lack of complete data, and a lack of diversity of viewpoints among AI experts. Even being fair or unjust is subjective, and various individuals can have different interpretations of the same thing. Model design can potentially introduce bias, and de-biasing data or AI models is a complex undertaking.

The distinction between causality and correlation of variables is another context-sensitive issue that has to be investigated. The causal effect of systems must be studied to guarantee that there are no adverse effects in neighboring systems, especially as AI replaces human decision-making. Take, for example, an AI system that assists hospitals in prioritizing patients admitted for emergency treatment. The AI model may overlook the patient’s previous medical history, such as diabetes, cholesterol, or asthma. As a result, the AI system may suggest that the patient has a lower risk profile when a physician has taken these factors into account.

While we can put our faith in the AI systems we build, their predictions are nevertheless subject to some uncertainty. This is where human oversight is critical.

Human Decision-Making And Supervision

There are limitations to AI systems’ ability to deal with complex and massive amounts of data and make decisions. The system must be trained on high-quality data, or severe consequences may result. For instance, AI might be used to develop autonomous weaponry or healthcare. It may be a fantastic concept for industry and society to believe that replacing warriors with AI or doctors with robotics will benefit humanity.

For their predictions and results, AI systems rely solely on data. While AI can work endlessly to precisely diagnose illnesses or serve as a line of defense utilizing unmanned drones and artillery, it lacks emotional intelligence. If the system decides on a course of action, it may inadvertently provoke armed conflict or fail to address a patient’s mental state, making the patient unable to withstand the treatment plan.

The most effective systems wisely combine human judgment and AI, accounting for model drift, confidence intervals, impact, and governance level.

The Drift Of The Model

Model drift occurs when a model’s predictive capacity deteriorates due to environmental changes. In a nutshell, it occurs when a model’s predictive ability begins to deteriorate.

To avoid this and maintain the system’s performance and fairness, it’s good to keep an eye on critical metrics and statistical distributions frequently and set up alarms to tell the designers if either starts to drift considerably. The nature of the problem determines the metric to use. Accuracy, precision, and F-score are examples of critical metrics.

Confidence Intervals And Impact

AI systems have become an essential component of our enterprises and daily lives, particularly for decision-making in various applications. Some of these applications are more sophisticated and involve human intervention, such as deciding whether or not to fire an employee. In contrast, others require little to no emotional thought, such as e-books or restaurant recommendations or deciding where to buy shoes, among other things.

In addition to the potential impact of AI and machine learning (ML) systems, we must analyze the level of trust in these systems’ forecasts to guarantee that people are notified and brought into the process as quickly as possible. Designs that make predictions with a low degree of certainty but a significant impact should be subjected to more human review and should be able to track and alert depending on such scenarios.


To ensure that best practices are followed, centralized governance must be implemented. Algorithms, testing, quality control, and reusable artifacts are all covered. Whether data scientists and engineers work in a centralized or distributed organization, where they can participate in cross-functional teams and cooperation, optimum outcomes can still be accomplished through centralized governance.

Companies can also use these features to run spot checks and verify the Model’s performance and applicability based on historical data and difficulties.


Across the whole data lifecycle, the convergence of organizational, industry, and country or regional legislation will serve as a platform for governance activities. This includes the type of data acquired, how it is translated and used, and who and for what purpose it is used, all the way until it is discarded.

For businesses to remain at the forefront of innovation, they must be able to both influence and adapt quickly to regulatory change. As a result, companies must build solid internal competencies and a thorough understanding of legislation and accreditation and collaborate with similar technological partners.

Businesses can proactively engage with internal stakeholders to build rules to regulate the AI models they produce rather than waiting for legislation to be forced on them.


As AI and machine learning (ML) continue to evolve, it is becoming increasingly crucial for businesses and individuals. There is a need to understand the ethical challenges of this technology.

As we see more and more examples of AI being used in health care, finance, law, and manufacturing, we must figure out ways to mitigate its potential adverse effects. If we don’t invest in solving these challenges now, they could become significant roadblocks as AI becomes even more potent in the future.

So, if you wish to know more about artificial intelligence and ethics, contact the ONPASSIVE team.