UNDERSTANDING AI MICROCOURSE
ETHICS AND UTILITARIANISM
Learn more about ethics and about one approach to working out what is right and wrong called utilitarianism - the idea that what is morally right to do is what maximises happiness.
In this microcourse you'll learn about utilitarianism, one approach to morality.
In our AI Ethics microcourse, you learned about ethics in AI by talking to our Soul MachinesTM digital person, Hailey. Ethics are important in AI because we need to think about what technology we build, how we build it and how we use it - or if we should build it at all.
In this microcourse, we're going explore ethics in more depth by looking at an approach called utilitarianism - the idea that we are acting morally if the decisions we make, and what we do, bring the most happiness, and least suffering, to the most people.
We'll offer you two choices. You can learn about utilitarianism by talking to Hailey, or you can learn about it in a more traditional way - by reading text and watching videos.
Either way around, you'll learn about utilitarianism, but we're interested in finding out which way works for you best. So after you've done the version you choose, we'll ask you to complete a quiz about what you learned.
You can always go back and take the other version of the microcourse if you'd like to see the difference between them.