"I have to shut down" - How language affects the relationship between man and technology
Dr. Frederike van Oorschot (Forschungsstätte der Evangelischen Studiengemeinschaft) speaks about the fact that the tendency to describe human behaviour with linguistic images from the field of technology and vice versa to provide technology with human characteristics leads to the blurring of differences. The extraordinarily high computing power of computers becomes "artificial intelligence", the caring robot a substitute for a pet and suggests a living counterpart. This raises ethical questions: How can the relationship between man and machine be described? Action, thinking, intelligence, autonomy - does this apply to humans or does it also exist for machines? And what is the task of ethics in this field?
There is now a wide range of ethical guidelines on artificial intelligence available from the EU, companies, trade unions and other stakeholders. At the same time, the applications of autonomous AI systems in medicine, marketing, transport and other fields are advancing inexorably and seemingly without an ethical compass, changing the way we live and work. Answers must be given to: Which ethical standards are already applied today in the development and use of AI systems - even under conditions of uncertainty - in different fields of action?