Why AI should be afraid of us

Saturday 5 June 2021

Professor Ophelia Deroy, director of the Institute of Philosophy’s interdisciplinary Centre for Research in Experimental Aesthetics, Technology and Engineering, is interviewed by the New York Times about her work showing that rather than distrusting AI, when people become aware they are dealing with an altruistic algorithm, they take advantage of it and feel no remorse or empathy. Could such behaviour lead to us treating people less empathetically, or could the AI learn to be more ruthless when dealing with us? See also ‘Humans are ready to take advantage of benevolent AI’.