Assignment: Ethical implications of artificial intelligence

Assignment: Ethical implications of artificial intelligence

Assignment: Ethical implications of artificial intelligence

This week, we will discuss artificial intelligence in the context of virtue ethics. Examining AI is an ethical dilemma that affects our growth and development and challenges our views of what it means to be human. After reviewing the course materials for this week on virtue ethics and considering the resources for this discussion and questions, we will think about the ethical implications of artificial intelligence. Technology and AI are created to make our lives easier. The following resources provide an overview of the discussion of an AI device oddly called Aristotle that monitors and interacts with one’s child, but which was discontinued over various concerns (Tsukayama, 2017).  Some were privacy concerns (utilitarianism, deontology) others had to do with the role that technology is playing in childhood development, and whether that’s conducive to flourishing children and parents (virtue ethics) (chipchick, 2017).

After viewing the resources for this discussion and this week, write your initial post answering the following questions.

What are the ethical implications of artificial intelligence according to virtue ethics?

what does artificial intelligence tell us about what it means to be human?

If machines could be programmed to understand emotions, what would that say about human development?

Can AI be a virtue? Why or why not?

Your posts should remain focused on the ethical considerations, and at some point in your contribution, you must specifically address the way someone with a virtue ethic view would approach your issue by explaining, evaluating, and defending that approach.

Make sure to support your ideas with citations and references. In addition to the course materials, make sure to include at least 1 more academic, scholarly source.


You must post on at least two separate days, must include at least 3 substantial replies to peers, and your posts should add up to at least 400 words.


Chipchick. (2017). Aristotle Brings Together a Baby Monitor, Nightlight, Speaker, Camera and Sound Machine into One.

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.




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