Ethics of AI Technologies and Organizational Roles: Who Is Accountable for the Ethical Conduct?

Juho Vaiste
2019 Conference on Technology Ethics  
Artificial intelligence (AI) is recognized to have the possibility to transform many fields in our society and business environment. In addition to discovering the positive impacts, multidisciplinary research about ethical concerns related to artificial intelligence should take place. The rise of AI ethics sets new questions for management studies. New ethical demands drive organizations to introduce new practices, routines, and roles. In recent years the AI ethics community has focused on the
more » ... rinciple-level work resulting in manifold documentation. It is a crucial task for management studies to convert these findings into organizational practices. A part of management studies' task is to answer who should take responsibility for the ethical queries. Role-specific, systematic and agency-based approaches offer different views on organizational roles and practices to this ethical challenge. Arguing from the role-specific approach, the emerging roles of AI ethics could build-up to the boundaries between programmers, designers, and compliance personnel. The article presents a limited interview data to support future research. The interview results are compared to the theoretical background of role-theoretical view of organizational roles, and the earlier literature regarding ethics management. Additionally, the article discusses the three categories proposed by Wilson et al. (2017) and reflects those with the theoretical insights and the interview data.
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