Artificial Intelligence :Ethical, Social and Security Impacts for the Present and the Future

  • 3h 46m
  • Dr Julie E. Mehan
  • IT Governance
  • 2022

A global perspective on AI

AI is much more than just a simple tool powering our smartphones or allowing us to ask Alexa about the latest cinema times. It is a technology that is, in very subtle but unmistakable ways, exerting an ever-increasing influence over our lives – and the more we use it, the more AI is altering our existence.

The rise of AI and super-intelligent AI raises ethical issues. AI is the power behind Google’s search engine, enables social media sites to serve up targeted advertising, and gives Alexa and Siri their voices. It is also the technology enabling self-driving vehicles, predictive policing, and autonomous weapons that have the ability to kill without direct human intervention. All of these bring up complex ethical issues that are still unresolved and will continue to be the subject of ongoing debate.

This book presents a concrete approach to identifying appropriate ethical principles in AI solutions

There are untold how-to books on AI technology, replete with methods to improve and advance the statistics and algorithms of AI; however, the social, ethical and security impacts are often at best a secondary consideration – if discussed at all.

This book explores the complex topic of AI ethics in a cross-functional way, alternating between theory and practice. Practical and recent events, and their associated challenges, are presented, such as the collateral effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the application of AI technologies. The book also gives an up-to-date overview of the potential positive and negative outcomes of AI implementations together with an analysis of AI from an ethical perspective.

Before you dive into a world populated with AI, read this book to understand the associated ethical challenges of AI technologies

About the Author

Dr Julie Mehan is semi-retired, but still serves as a professor at the University of Maryland Global College (UMGC), where she teaches Digital Ethics, Cyberterrorism, and Information Systems in Organizations.

Dr Mehan has been a career government service employee, a strategic consultant, and an entrepreneur. She has led business operations, as well as information technology governance and cyber security-related services, including certification and accreditation, systems security engineering process improvement, and cybersecurity strategic planning and program management. During her professional years, she delivered cybersecurity and related privacy services to the US senior department of defense, federal government, and commercial clients working in Italy, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Germany, and the US.

She is particularly proud of her role as pro bono president of W2CW (Warrior to Cyber Warrior), a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing cost-free career transition training to veterans and wounded warriors returning from military campaigns.

In this Book

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • AI Defined and Common Depictions of AI – Is it a Benevolent Force for Humanity or an Existential Threat?
  • Is AI Really Ubiquitous – Does it or Will it Permeate Everything We Do?
  • Human-Machine Collaboration – Can We Talk to Them in English (or Any Other Language)?
  • AI, Ethics, and Society – Are they Compatible?
  • Bias in AI – Why is it Important and Potentially Dangerous?
  • AI and Cybersecurity – AI as a Sword or a Shield?
  • AI and Our Society – Will the Result be Professional, Ethical, and Social Deskilling, or Upskilling?
  • AI and Privacy – Is Anything Really Private Anymore?
  • Misinformation, Disinformation, Fake News, Manipulation, and Deepfakes – Do We Know How to Think Critically About Information?
  • AI and Social Media – How is it Affecting Us?
  • “The Measure of a Man” – Can AI Become More Like a Human?
  • What’S Next in AI – Less Artificial and More Intelligent?
  • Final Thoughts
  • Further Reading