Technofixing the Future: Ethical Side Effects of Using AI and Big Data to meet the SDGs

Mark Ryan*, Josephina Antoniou, Laurence Brooks, Tilimbe Jiya, Kevin Macnish, Bernd Stahl

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Abstract

While the use of smart information systems (the combination of AI and Big Data) offer great potential for meeting many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), they also raise a number of ethical challenges in their implementation. Through the use of six empirical case studies, this paper will examine potential ethical issues relating to use of SIS to meet the challenges in six of the SDGs (2, 3, 7, 8, 11, and 12). The paper will show that often a simple “technofix”, such as through the use of SIS, is not sufficient and may exacerbate, or create new, issues for the development community using SIS.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 IEEE SmartWorld Smart City Innovation Conference
PublisherIEEE Xplore
Pages335-341
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781728140346
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019
Event5th IEEE Smart World Congress 2019 - De Monfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Aug 201923 Aug 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2019 IEEE SmartWorld Smart City Innovation Conference

Conference

Conference5th IEEE Smart World Congress 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLeicester
Period19/08/1923/08/19

Keywords

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big data
  • Sustainable development goals
  • Ethics
  • Smart information systems

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    Ryan, M., Antoniou, J., Brooks, L., Jiya, T., Macnish, K., & Stahl, B. (2019). Technofixing the Future: Ethical Side Effects of Using AI and Big Data to meet the SDGs. In Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE SmartWorld Smart City Innovation Conference (pp. 335-341). (Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE SmartWorld Smart City Innovation Conference). IEEE Xplore. https://doi.org/10.1109/SmartWorld-UIC-ATC-SCALCOM-IOP-SCI.2019.00101