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

Mark Joseph Ryan, Josephina Antoniou, Laurence Brooks, Tilimbe Jiya, Kevin N.J. Macnish, Bernd Stahl

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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 2019 IEEE Smart World Congress
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-4034-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020
Event5th IEEE Smart World Congress 2019 - De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Aug 201923 Aug 2019
Conference number: 5


Conference5th IEEE Smart World Congress 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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