Addressing Ethical Dilemmas in AI: Listening to Engineers

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«This report is based on the proceedings of the online hackathon “Ethical dilemmas in AI – engineering the way out”, conducted in September 2020 by the Association of Nordic Engineers (ANE), the Data Ethics ThinkDoTank (, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the researchers from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen. The goal of the hackathon was to identify the main challenges for integrating existing ethical principles and guidelines into the engineering processes that power AI development. The report presents the findings from the discussions with professional engineers about ethics in AI development conducted as part of the hackathon. We detail engineer needs and concerns in seeking routes to the development of ethical and responsible AI. The standards and guidelines currently being developed are essential but require processes that ensure their implementation. It is of paramount importance to define specialised responsibilities and put in place local and clearly determined structures for accountability. Principles alone cannot guide our technology development. Engineers stressed the need to better govern decisions about AI technologies in practice».


Association of Nordic Engineers

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