Research in Philosophy & AI

Philosophical concepts

At CEIEC we raise four questions that force us to rethink the plausible scenario of advances in Artificial Intelligence and the influence of this overwhelming intrusion on man and society in the immediate future:

  • Can a machine think? This raises the epistemological question: What is consciousness? Can a machine really think or only only imitate?
  • Is a thinking machine human? Underlying the anthtopological question: What really makes us human? If a machine develops self-awareness, will it then have freedom and responsibility?
  • Can a thinking machine be bad/good? This leads us to the ethical question: can moral/ethical responses be expected in the actions of an AI? And in human actions facing machines?
  • Do we want such a machine? We are faced with the question of meaning: is this quest the result of a desire to contribute to the common good?

These questions need to be addressed in a transdisciplinary way and from a deep knowledge in different fields of research. Therefore, we deepen into the relationship between philosophy and AI as something inherent to our research.


Ethics in AI

The complexity of ensuring compliance with ethical constraints in AI systems is of great concern. In this context CEIEC, as a research institute in the field of AI, is positioned to provide proposals for certifying the degree of ethical compliance of a given system.

Ensuring that an application using AI techniques treats all stakeholders fairly implies, from our point of view, the creation of an Ethics Management Model in Artificial Intelligence that we have called EthicsAIProcess. To this end, we are defining a Knowledge Corpus with the elements of an AI governance system and the guiding ethical principles for the elaboration of directives, standards and procedures. The model includes the training of professionals within companies (Ethics Director -AI Ethics Officer- and Ethics Committee -Ethics Board-) to perform these tasks.