Morality in the age of artificially intelligent algorithms

Christine Moser, Frank den Hond, Dirk Lindebaum

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Abstract

This essay starts from the premise that human judgment is intrinsically linked with learning and adaptation in complex socio-technological environments. Under the illusory veneer of retaining control over algorithmic reckoning, we are concerned that algorithmic reckoning may substitute human judgment in decision-making and thereby change morality in fundamental, perhaps irreversible, ways. We offer an ontological critique of artificially intelligent algorithms to show what is going on ‘under their hood’, especially in cases when human morality is already co-constituted with algorithmic reckoning. We offer a twofold call for (in)action. We offer a call for inaction as far as the substitution of judgment for reckoning through our teaching in business schools and beyond is concerned. We offer a re-invigorated call for action, in particular to teach more pragmatist judgment in our curricula across subjects to foster social life (rather than stifle it through algorithmic reckoning).
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalAcademy of Management Learning and Education
ISSN1537-260X
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 04.2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • 516 Educational sciences
  • ethical issues
  • technology in education

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoS: Responsible organising

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