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An Ethical Framework for Motivating Artificial Intelligence Leadership: A Case of Human versus Technical Dilemmas


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14. ABSTRACTArtificial intelligence (AI) autonomously and cognitively multiplies combat power. A whole-of-government top-down push for capability may overwhelm the existing institutions and organizational processes for implementation. In addition, AI carries forward our human characteristics into multiple interconnected systems often unintentional consequences. AI development must expand from a software-centric focus on human and machine relationships to a multi-echelon system-of-systems development environment. In order to quickly scale up AI, a new ethical framework and toolset is necessary to develop, field, and operate new capabilities. This paper introduces an ethical framework for motivating leadership and promotes progress by integrating ethical egoism, character values, and rules utilitarianism into individual and organizational visions, processes, and performance objectives. The U.S. militarys culture, code, and regulation provide a unique fit for ethical egoism. To enable this ethical framework, leaders need a revolution in the existing tools for personnel, bureaucratic, and organizational process. The vertical and horizontal complexity of implementing artificial intelligence in the Department of Defense necessitates automated and artificially intelligent tools for honesty, transparency, availability, and accountability to achieve short and long-term progress.



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