A philosophical approach to the control problem of artificial intelligence

Naja Cecilie Marckwardt, Davidzeng Chusen Chung, Jonas Andersen Bro, San José, David García, Jesper Zatawat Krogh Lindhardtsen & Jesper Rye Olsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The goal of this project is to highlight the control methods of AI, based on the assumption that the AI will have consciousness and might constitute an existential risk. The report contains a segment of the ethical and moral issues that occur as a result of working within this field. To do so, Kant's definition of consciousness and variations of utilitarianism is used to establish a base perspective. It is through this perspective that the ethical issues that revolves around constraining a conscious AI are discussed. It was deemed fitting to look at the fictional portrayal of AI in visual arts, them being in the form of movies. This resulted in the choice of Ex machina, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner. This analysis focuses on the ethical issues which arises from the implementation of the various control methods. We find that, from an utilitarian point of view which takes into consideration not only suffering and pleasure but also the quality of the pleasure, most of the control methods portrayed are seemingly either ineffective or unethical in their implementation.

UddannelserFilosofi og Videnskabsteori, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato24 jun. 2016
VejledereMartin Ejsing Christensen


  • Nick Bostrom
  • Ethics
  • Control methods
  • Utilitarianism
  • AI
  • Ex Machina
  • 2001: A Space Oddyssey
  • David Chalmers
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Blade Runner