A systematic review of the ethical implications of using artificial intelligence in digital technologies and its relationship with the ethics of flourishing

Document Type : Original Article


1 University of Mazandaran, Babolsar, Iran

2 Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tehran


The widespread influence of artificial intelligence in various aspects of human life raises major concerns in terms of the degree to which this technology adheres to ethical standards. Therefore, the aim of this study is to identify the key concepts of ethics for the use of artificial intelligence in digital technologies and its relationship with flourishing ethics. In this research, a systematic review of the literature has been used as a research methodology and the three-stage method of Mustak et al. has been used as a research method. After five stages of screening in the two databases "Scopus" and "Web of Science", 38 articles from 25 journals were analyzed. From their meta-qualitative synthesis, two central concepts under the title of “main patterns of digital technologies” and “ontological layers of digital technologies” were identified. 16 concepts of digital ethics related to the main patterns and ontological layers of digital technologies were also extracted from the intersection of the matrix of central concepts in the articles. Then, a conceptual map was prepared to interpret the findings, classify the identified ethical concepts under ontological patterns and layers, their correspondence with the principles of artificial intelligence ethics and their importance in the articles. Finally, the ratio of identified ethical concepts with flourishing ethics in the existing literature was investigated.