An Ethical Future? Questioning the Ecological and Social Implications of AI

Change Makers is a thought leadership series which brings together the best academic, judicial and industry minds to solve global problems.



This event is part of an ongoing partnership of Monash Law and Monash IT focussing on Ethics in AI. This instalment also partners with the Monash Data Future Institute.

Artificial Intelligence and other new technologies pose significant benefits but also complex challenges for our economy, ecology and society.

Much has been written about the ethical aspects of AI. Whilst this is clearly important, the broader implications of AI for the world’s ecological and political systems, and society in general, cannot be uncoupled from a broader discussion of the ethical implications of AI.

For instance:

What are the implications of introducing technology to alter ecological relationships between non-human species?

Are AI-scarecrows and robobees ethical?

In addition to this, what are the socio-political and human rights implications of new and emerging AI?

Is there a risk of use of AI in civil administrative processes that might unintentionally compromise our democratic freedoms?

Should we permit animal-like or humanoid robots to be used as farm animals or human companions in ways that would be wrong for their biological counterparts?

Is there a circumstance in which freedom from AI should be considered a human right?

Who owes what to those who suffer at the hands of an AI event?

These and other legal, social, political and environmental issues will be discussed in this session by our panel of experts.

The event is finished.


Oct 05 2021


2:00 am - 3:30 am

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