Friday, April 5, 2019

Vox Popoli: The post-Christian dilemma (How do you produce a moral society without morality? - CL)

The problem Google is facing with its AI ethics council is a microcosm of the larger one facing post-Christian society:

An ethics board set-up by Google last week to help the tech giant tackle morality issues surrounding its technology has already been disbanded. Eight experts from outside the company were recruited for the panel, which was announcement of on March 26

Employees at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, took issue with two of the panellists and decided to revolt. More than 1,000 of its protest-prone 'liberal' workers signed an open letter objecting to two of the board members. Google has now bowed to the pressure from within and is dissolving the board, according to Vox, who first reported the news....

'It's become clear that in the current environment, ATEAC can't function as we wanted,' a Google spokesman said in an emailed statement.

'So we're ending the council and going back to the drawing board.'

The board had been specially curated to steer the firm away from any future controversies by ensuring it fully considers morality while developing its artificial intelligence.

How do an immoral people, who reject both truth and Christian morality, provide a moral basis for artificial intelligence or for anything else?

The answer, of course, is that they don't and they won't, because they can't. Google is not going to succeed where centuries of philosophers have relentlessly failed.