Mark Coeckelbergh, AI Ethics
By Ronald Leenes
AI Ethics by Mark Coeckelbergh (2020) MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 248pp., $US15.95 (paperback) ISBN: 9780262538190
In the late 1980s, I got into artificial intelligence (AI) in the final stages of my study at Twente University. This was the era of symbolic AI, and although some people had ambitious ideas and projects (Douglas Lenat’s cyc project, for instance), many were engaged with developing mundane rule-based expert systems (like me). Others were finding out that many things we humans take for granted (like moving around in a room without bumping into things or picking up an egg without breaking it) are actually hard for a machine. There was much enthusiasm at the time about the prospect of artificial intelligence. This was the era where computing became affordable and slowly more powerful, albeit that computer memory for most researchers was measured in kilobytes and disk space in megabytes. The second AI Spring would surely evolve into a bright AI Summer.
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Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation Volume 37, Issue 1
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