Why We Should Crowdsource AI Ethics (and How to Do So Responsibly)

Edmond Awad and Sydney Levine: We believe that large-scale online studies that crowdsource public opinion on ethical dilemmas can add to the available repertoire of resources used in the political process (like public opinion polling and public comment periods) to gain insights about the preferences of the public. At the outset, this may sound controversial. The term “crowdsourcing ethics” may sound like advocating for “what is popular is always right.” To the contrary, our goal in this article is to suggest that crowdsourcing is a new and important way to augment the information policymakers have about the views of their constituents. The role that we think crowdsourced ethics should play is modest yet valuable and, like all good policy-making tools, needs to be incorporated with responsible oversight.



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