Learning about AI Ethics: For Middle School, High School, and Other Kids

Updated: Apr 11

What are the ethics to practice when using Artificial Intelligence AI

As AI becomes more prevalent and a part of everyday life, there are many questions that we need to ask ourselves about the ethics of AI - just because AI can do something - does that mean it should? This generation of K-12 students, in particular, should appreciate the ethical questions that AI raises. With this in mind, we answer common questions that teachers, parents, and kids have about AI Ethics, and include a presentation by an Ethics specialist - Megan Branch - where she talks to kids about how we as human beings make decisions - and whether computers (or AIs) can be taught to factor in the same ethical frameworks.

What are the ethics of AI?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a set of computer programs that mimic what human brains can do. AI has been shown to do well in tasks like recognizing images, forecasting the future from patterns learned of the past, answering questions, and so on. However, while AIs are good at learning from data, they have not learned how to incorporate the complex human frameworks that we use to decide what is right and wrong. AI Ethics is the field that ensures that humans can guide AI development in a way that is fair and ethical - for example by avoiding bias, repeating historical mistakes, or exploiting user private information.