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As artificial intelligence (AI) has been rapidly developed, humanity has met an increasing number of philosophical and moral challenges including new forms of threat against individual autonomy, the transformation of relationships between humans and smart machines, and risks from autonomous machines. This research project, carried out by a multidisciplinary team consisting of legal, moral, and political philosophers as well as computer scientists and engineers, seeks to uncover or foresee ethical challenges raised in the contexts of AI development and use. The team then analyzes these challenges from the perspectives of individual and AI autonomy and of human-machine relationship, utilizing recent findings made by overseas theorists in AI ethics. Finally, it proposes the code of conduct for AI developers to actualize the principle of responsible research and development in the context of Japanese society.

・R&D Period: October 2021 - March 2025 (in progress)
・Grant Number: JPMJRX21J1

USAMI Makoto

Professor, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University

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