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Master and Slave: the Dialectic of Human-Artificial Intelligence Engagement

Tae Wan Kim, Fabrizio Maimone, Katherina Pattit, Alejo José Sison and Benito Teehankee ()
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Tae Wan Kim: Carnegie Mellon University
Fabrizio Maimone: LUMSA University
Katherina Pattit: University of St. Thomas
Alejo José Sison: University of Navarre
Benito Teehankee: De La Salle University

Humanistic Management Journal, 2021, vol. 6, issue 3, No 5, 355-371

Abstract: Abstract The massive introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) has triggered significant societal concerns, ranging from “technological unemployment” and the dominance of algorithms in the work place and in everyday life, among others. While AI is made by humans and is, therefore, dependent on the latter for its purpose, the increasing capabilities of AI to carry out productive activities for humans can lead the latter to unwitting slavish existence. This has become evident, for example, in the area of social media use, where AI programmers tie psychology and persuasion to the human social need for approval and validation in ways that few users can resist. We argue that AI should serve humans with humans as masters and not the other way around. Moreover, we propose that virtue ethics might play a role to solidify the human as master of AI and guard against the alternative of AI as the master.

Keywords: Human-artificial intelligence engagement; Virtue ethics; Human flourishing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s41463-021-00118-w

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