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“Whose AI? An Ethical Manifesto for the Future of Chatbots” – Wrap-Up

“Whose AI? An Ethical Manifesto for the Future of Chatbots” – Wrap-Up

Group photo of "Whose AI?" workshop participants in Glow Cultural Center's ballroom - a row of highschool students sit on the stage steps while others stand behind them holding a colorful worksheet of the "Ethical AI Manifesto" created.

With the growing presence of AI chatbots in many aspects of life, the question of whether AI is ultimately good or bad for humanity will find its answer soon – and that answer is decided by the ethical decisions people make in the present. 

On March 22nd, 2024, Ms. Carrie Wang from NYU’s Interactive Media Arts program hosted a thought-provoking workshop that explored the potential risks and benefits of the seemingly unstoppable march of AI. From possible future applications of AI in daily life to human-machine boundaries we don’t want crossed, participants discussed so many scenarios in which AI helped and simultaneously intruded upon human rights and privacy that it was clear there was no straightforward answer to the AI development dilemma. 

One participant mentioned the Three Laws of Robotics, as penned by science fiction author Isaac Asimov, to be a moral starting point when creating and programming AI. (1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.) Although how these rules should be implemented into an AI’s code remains to be seen, it does point to the fact that it is the humans behind the scenes who need to be watched and regulated.  

Nevertheless, the short two hours we spent brainstorming were quite fruitful, and our very own ethical manifesto was brought to life through the help of AI voice generator & Text to Speech software Elevenlabs. As technology progresses, we hope more people will engage in the much-needed critical conversations surrounding the field of artificial intelligence, and safe-guard the future for both humans and their creations. Feel free to read Our AI Manifesto – March 22, 2024 here and come up with your own guiding principles, too!

*This project is a part of the What Can We Do? Artist Grant program, presented by Asian American Arts Alliance (A4) and is supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Special thanks to Council Members Christopher Marte and Sandra Ung.

About Glow Cultural Center’s “Glow Together” Youth Empowerment Program

GCC’s “Glow Together” Youth Empowerment program enables youth to make an impact in their communities and it is partially funded through a foundation grant from Cathay Bank. Through on-site job training activities, students are exposed to what it is like to work in a fast-paced, real-world environment. In just one year, we have increased leadership-strengthening opportunities for the youth, encouraging teamwork, and improving public speaking skills. If you’re interested, check out our glow together tab for more info on how to join!

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