Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on AI for People: Towards Sustainable AI, CAIP 2021, 20-24 November 2021, Bologna, Italy

Research Article

The Ethics of Sustainability for Artificial Intelligence

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.20-11-2021.2314105,
        author={Andrea  Owe and Seth D. Baum},
        title={ The Ethics of Sustainability for Artificial Intelligence},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on AI for People: Towards Sustainable AI, CAIP 2021, 20-24 November 2021, Bologna, Italy},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={CAIP},
        year={2021},
        month={12},
        keywords={artificial intelligence sustainability ethics anthropocentrism ecocentrism long-term optimization},
        doi={10.4108/eai.20-11-2021.2314105}
    }
    
  • Andrea Owe
    Seth D. Baum
    Year: 2021
    The Ethics of Sustainability for Artificial Intelligence
    CAIP
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.20-11-2021.2314105
Andrea Owe1,*, Seth D. Baum1
  • 1: The Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, PO Box 40364, Washington, DC 20016, USA
*Contact email: andrea.owe@gcrinstitute.org

Abstract

Sustainability is widely considered a good thing and is therefore a matter of ethical significance. This paper analyzes the ethical dimensions of existing work on AI and sustainability, finding that most of it is focused on sustaining the environment for human benefit. The paper calls for sustainability that is not human-centric and that extends into the distant future, especially for advanced future AI as a technology that can advance expansion beyond Earth.