Ethical Use of AI

An AI generated image of a robot using a laptop

Ethical uses of AI are crucial for ensuring that the technology benefits society while minimizing harm. Here are some key points regarding the ethical use of AI: 

  • Global Standards: UNESCO has established the first-ever global standard on AI ethics with the ‘Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence’, adopted by all 193 Member States1. This framework emphasizes the protection of human rights and dignity, advocating for transparency, fairness, and human oversight of AI systems1
  • Algorithmic Fairness: AI should be developed and used in a way that avoids bias and discrimination. This includes ensuring that algorithms do not replicate stereotypical representations or prejudices2
  • Transparency and Accountability: AI systems should be transparent in their decision-making processes, and there should be accountability for the outcomes they produce3
  • Privacy and Surveillance: Ethical AI must respect privacy rights and avoid contributing to invasive surveillance practices4
  • Human Judgment: The role of human judgment is paramount, and AI should not replace it but rather augment it, ensuring that human values and ethics guide decision-making4
  • Environmental Considerations: AI development should also consider its environmental impact and strive for sustainability1
  • Guiding Principles: Stakeholders, from engineers to government officials, use AI ethics as a set of guiding principles to ensure responsible development and use of AI technology5
  • Social Implications: The ethical and social implications of AI use include establishing ethical guidelines, enhancing transparency, and enforcing accountability to harness AI’s power for collective benefit while mitigating potential harm6

These points reflect a growing consensus on the importance of ethical considerations in AI development and deployment, aiming to maximize benefits while addressing potential risks and ensuring that AI serves the common good. 


1. Ethics of Artificial Intelligence | UNESCO 

2. Artificial Intelligence: examples of ethical dilemmas | UNESCO 

3. Ethics of artificial intelligence – Wikipedia 

4. Ethical concerns mount as AI takes bigger decision-making role 

5. AI Ethics: What It Is and Why It Matters | Coursera 

6. Ethical and Social Implications of AI Use | The Princeton Review