Gabriel Udoh explains Why he yearns for a responsible digital future:
In today’s world, technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate, and it has the potential to significantly impact our lives. From artificial intelligence to autonomous weapons systems, these technologies have the power to change the way we live and work, and their impact could be either positive or negative.
My engagements and research in the last few years have exposed me to many areas where automation raises important ethical concerns, and it does appear that there is little (comparatively) effort to question the withdrawal of the human element in weapons’ systems, and the accountability vacuum it leaves. There are also severe violations of human rights, lack of transparency in their opaque and complicated algorithms, how it quickens the proliferation of weapons and war, and even the dehumanization of armed conflicts itself.
So, when it comes to autonomous weapons systems, there is a need to consider the legal and ethical implications of deploying machines with the power to take human lives without human intervention. Without responsible development and deployment, these weapons could cause severe harm and potential damage to human life and dignity.
As a result, it’s crucial that we think about the long-term consequences of these technologies and ensure that they are developed and used in an ethical and responsible manner. Responsible digital futures involve a future in which technology is developed and used in a way that is safe, secure, and beneficial to all individuals, be it at war or in times of peace.
In conclusion, caring about responsible digital futures is essential for creating a safer and more equitable world. We must prioritize ethical considerations in weapons’ technology development and ensure that these advancements are made in consideration to responsibility and other ethical requirements. I am thrilled to become a part of the Responsible Digital Futures group and am even more enthusiastic about the prospect of learning from and contributing to the work being done here.