Artificial intelligence and robots in individuals' lives: how to align technological possibilities and ethical issues

Ting Peng Liang, Lionel Robert, Suprateek Sarker, Christy M K CHEUNG, Christian Matt, Manuel Trenz, Ofir Turel*

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Purpose: This paper reports the panel discussion on the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) and robots in our lives. This discussion was held at the Digitization of the Individual (DOTI) workshop at the International Conference on Information Systems in 2019. Three scholars (in alphabetical order: Ting-Peng Liang, Lionel Robert and Suprateek Sarker) who have done AI- and robot-related research (to varying degrees) were invited to participate in the panel discussion. The panel was moderated by Manuel Trenz. Design/methodology/approach: This paper introduces the topic, chronicles the responses of the three panelists to the questions the workshop chairs posed and summarizes their responses, such that readers can have an overview of research on AI and robots in individuals' lives and insights about future research directions. Findings: The panelists discussed four questions with regard to their research experiences on AI- and robot-related topics. They expressed their viewpoints on the underlying nature, potential and effects of AI in work and personal life domains. They also commented on the ethical dilemmas for research and practice and provided their outlook for future research in these emerging fields. Originality/value: This paper aggregates the panelists' viewpoints, as expressed at the DOTI workshop. Crucial ethical and theoretical issues related to AI and robots in both work and personal life domains are addressed. Promising research directions to these cutting-edge research fields are also proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalInternet Research
Issue number1
Early online date26 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

User-Defined Keywords

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Digitization of the individual (DOTI)
  • Ethical issues
  • Panel
  • Robots


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