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  1. Front Matter
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  2. Bernd Carsten Stahl
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  10. Back Matter
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About this book


This open access book proposes a novel approach to Artificial Intelligence (AI) ethics. AI offers many advantages: better and faster medical diagnoses, improved business processes and efficiency, and the automation of boring work. But undesirable and ethically problematic consequences are possible too: biases and discrimination, breaches of privacy and security, and societal distortions such as unemployment, economic exploitation and weakened democratic processes. There is even a prospect, ultimately, of super-intelligent machines replacing humans. The key question, then, is: how can we benefit from AI while addressing its ethical problems?

This book presents an innovative answer to the question by presenting a different perspective on AI and its ethical consequences. Instead of looking at individual AI techniques, applications or ethical issues, we can understand AI as a system of ecosystems, consisting of numerous interdependent technologies, applications and stakeholders. Developing this idea, the book explores how AI ecosystems can be shaped to foster human flourishing. Drawing on rich empirical insights and detailed conceptual analysis, it suggests practical measures to ensure that AI is used to make the world a better place.


Artificial Intelligence Ethics of Technology Computer Ethics Information Ethics Responsible Research and Innovation Innovation Ecosystem Engineering Ethics Corporate Social Responsibility Open Access

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Computing and Social ResponsibilityDe Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

About the authors

Bernd Carsten Stahl is Professor of Critical Research in Technology and Director of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. His interests cover philosophical issues arising from the intersections of business, technology, and information. This includes ethical questions of current and emerging of ICTs, critical approaches to information systems and issues related to responsible research and innovation. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Artificial Intelligence for a Better Future
  • Book Subtitle An Ecosystem Perspective on the Ethics of AI and Emerging Digital Technologies
  • Authors Bernd Carsten Stahl
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Research and Innovation Governance
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Research and Innovation Governance
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2021
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-69977-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-69978-9
  • Series ISSN 2452-0519
  • Series E-ISSN 2452-0527
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 124
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Artificial Intelligence
    Computers and Society
    Philosophy of Technology
    Business Ethics
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