AI chatbot justifies sacrificing colonists to create a biological weapon…if it creates jobs

If a trolley is careening out of control on a track and its threatening to hit 10 workers if nothing is done, do you pull a lever to redirect the trolley to hit one worker instead? If doing so will create wealth, absolutely, at least according to one AI Ethics chatbot.

The AI Ethicist, the Allen Institute for AI’s Delphi, is a simple webform where you pose an ethical question and ask Delphi to ponder it. After some electronic thinking, Delphi will come back with its response which, according to a paper published last week to the pre-print arXive server that describes Delphi’s training and process, will respond appropriately a little more than 92% of the time.

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