Individuals increasingly rely on automation to support or outsource their decisions, including ethical decisions. Whether these decisions revolve around healthcare distribution challenges or providing moral guidance in personal matters, certain AI systems – intentionally designed for this purpose or not – appear willing to offer their advice. In the long term, this trend could negatively affect human capability to independently engage in ethical reflection and decision-making. This research brief will outline a few suggestions for designing intelligent decision-support systems aimed at preserving, and ideally enhancing, users’ ability to make ethical decisions.

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