Ethics in technology is a big topic in society today. And it should be. Everyone of us is reliant on technology, either directly or indirectly, to live our lives. From the phone in your hand to the shoes on your feet, technology is everywhere. The latest arena of ethics in technology is artificial intelligence and machine learning. There are two ways to think about AI ethics. First, as an investigation into the moral decision-making of AI developers (this is where my PhD research focuses), and second on the ethics of the artificially intelligent system itself. I will cover a lot of territory in the blog posts below, from general concepts to book reviews, to sneak peeks of my own research.

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