Ethico-epistemological implications of artificial intelligence for humanity
The externalization of man‟s rational capacities to robots and computers, which renders machines a semblance of man through the process of programming and simulation, overcomes human frailties. This has since the last two centuries become the profoundest achievements of Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The celebrated efficiency of these techno-scientific products in outdoing human persons in assignments previously reserved for man such as: translations, warfare and industry raises the level of unemployment and comes with an epistemological challenge of man‟s intelligence. Not only does artificial intelligence threaten epistemological enquiries as presently constituted, these machines are also incapable of any moral responsibility for their actions. Having realized that Artificial Intelligence if left unchecked constitutes a threat to human dignity and personhood and could even terminate the very humanity it seeks to assist, many philosophers now raise questions suchas: Are intelligent agents capable of „man-type‟ self-reflective consciousness and rationality? Can AI.truly enjoy the same status with man? Can moral responsibility be ascribed to them? How should humanity treat and at its safeguard, these new automated members of our community? These humanistic concerns inform our present research, which primarily highlights the moral and epistemological implications of AI. on humanity. We argued for a re-direction of AI. research and suggested a humanization of Artificial Intelligence that cloaks technoscientific innovations with humanistic life jackets for man‟s preservation. The textual analysis method is adopted for this research.
Key words: Ethics, Epistemology, Artificial Intelligence, Humanity.