Zaragoza Declaration: for a deontology in design and interaction with intelligent systems

Laboratorio Europeo de Inteligencia ARTificial

Artificial Intelligence is not just another technology or an activity that affects only the academic and scientific environment. It is a critical technology for socio-economic transformation that will lay the foundations of the new digital economies, so its availability, development or lack will affect welfare, prosperity and equality in future societies.

The impact of these devices is undeniable, but so is the concern about their potential for premature or malicious use.  This obliges us socially to constitute mechanisms of collective action with which to control and prevent the inappropriate use of these technologies, from their conception and development to their scope and mode of exploitation and use.

On July 12, 2019, within the Conocimientos Híbridos summer school, a debate and shared reflection took place in Etopia in a forum led by Sara Román, Manuel Bedia and Borja Espejo and formed by scientists, professionals in this field, engineers and humanists on how to increase awareness about the benefits and risks involved in the development of artificial intelligence.

The aim of this workspace was to outline The Zaragoza Declaration, a document that is born with the pretension that anyone who designs, implements or uses a device based on intelligent technologies, has the perception of its potentialities and dangers, and is committed to ethical principles based on prudence and responsibility.

Thus, the Zaragoza Declaration: for a deontology in the design and interaction with intelligent systems summarizes in five points the main problems detected by this working group; from the high (and invisible) energy costs that underlie this type of technology, to the fundamental rights that can be violated by the results of algorithmic neural networks that do not understand how they work and that appeal, for that very reason, to an interdisciplinary approach - with a strong humanistic base - as a key factor in decision-making based on these processes.

In short, the Zaragoza Declaration appeals to an ethical and critical conscience in the future developers of these technologies as an unavoidable factor in the construction of a fair, harmonious and sustainable future in the human-machine relationship.


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