Articles/Publications

Articles on the societal impacts of technology. Reports on matters related to technology ethics. You can find all of these and more in this curated set of reading material, which is continuously updated as new items become available.

Emerging AI Cybersecurity: Challenges and Solutions

Did you know that the information you enter into a chatbot could also be used to train AI in the future? This can result in language models that reveal sensitive or private information to third parties. IEEE Impact Creators weigh in on how to defend against data leakage on IEEE Transmitter.

U.S. Executive Order Covers AI Safety, Algorithmic Bias, and Privacy

A recent U.S. action builds on earlier moves by the White House that laid out nonbinding principles for AI regulation and voluntary commitments on managing AI risks from 15 leading AI companies. It also comes in the context of major regulatory efforts around the world, including the European Union, China, Canada, Brazil, and Japan.

A Call to Action for Businesses Using AI

In this first paper in the Ethically Aligned Design for Business series, you will find a straightforward overview of the value and necessity of utilizing AI ethics for businesses, recommendations for creating a sustainable culture of AI ethics, the skills required to do this, and how to hire and staff for such an effort.

What Self-Driving Cars Tell Us About AI Risks

Since 2016, automotive AI in the United States has been linked to at least 25 confirmed deaths and to hundreds of injuries and instances of property damage. An expert gives a ringside view of how real-world applications of transportation AI are or are not working.
Cover of a special publication from IEEE USA - Trustworthy Evidence for Trustworthy Technology.

Trustworthy Evidence For Trustworthy Technology

This new publication from the IEEE Global Initiative’s Law Committee and the IEEE-USA AI Policy Committee discusses three components of trustworthiness, with a particular focus on evidence required for establishing the trustworthiness of a system. Also included is information on the IEEE resources (e.g. IEEE standards) available for addressing these three tiers.
Colleagues meeting in a modern glass-walled conference room

Guidelines for Ethically-Aligned Businesses

Ethically-aligned businesses prioritize people and the planet as the metrics for responsible AI. A report from IEEE Standards provides direction for business leaders to utilize these metrics while also informing policy makers of the issues these metrics will create for citizens as well as buyers.

AI Everywhere, All at Once

It’s been a frenetic six months since OpenAI introduced its large language model ChatGPT to the world at the end of last year. The sentiment that we’re moving too fast for our own good is reflected in an open letter calling for a pause in AI research, which was posted by the Future of Life Institute and signed by many AI luminaries, including some prominent IEEE members.
Their Bionic Eyes Are Now Obsolete and Unsupported

Their Bionic Eyes Are Now Obsolete and Unsupported

More than 350 blind people around the world recently found themselves in a world in which the neural implant technology that transformed their lives was just another obsolete gadget. IEEE Spectrum pieced together their story by interviewing half a dozen patients, a company cofounder, and eight doctors or researchers involved with the company. In their telling, the future of high-tech vision implants seems blurrier than ever.
Small school children all look at laptops.

How Organizations Can Create Inclusive and Positive Online Experiences for Children

As part of its commitment to foster dignity, inclusion, identity, trust, and agency in digital and cyber physical environments, the IEEE Standards Association recently released the Applied Case Studies for Children’s Data Governance. The in-depth report provides practical steps for organizations and developers of technologies for children, as well as real-life examples of technology designed to foster positive and trustworthy interactions for children.