ETHICS FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
The Future of Life Institute generously provided us with additional funds towards this workshop. This enabled us to give bursaries to some who would not otherwise have been able to attend, and greatly helped the success of the day.
This workshop ran immediately prior to the main 25th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence IJCAI-16
Abstracts are available here.
A paper presented by Paula Boddington with work from this project can be found here.
Workshop date: Saturday 9th July. Workshop number: 06
Recent progress in various subfields of AI has caused some researchers and pundits to raise concerns about the dangers that AI might ultimately pose. These concerns range from questions about the ethics of delegating to military drones the authority to decide when to attack human targets, up to fears about a possible existential risk posed by AI technologies, should “superintelligence” ever become a reality. Much of the debate surrounding these issues has taken place in a scientific vacuum, uninformed by the experiences and insights of practicing AI researchers. Meanwhile, a wide range of other and sometimes less obvious ethical issues arise from current and proposed use of AI in diverse areas such as medicine, social care, autonomous trading agents and autonomous vehicles.
The aim of this workshop is to bring together, in a structured setting, AI researchers and others interested in understanding how the discipline of AI should respond to these concerns. The workshop particularly aims to foster an active exchange of ideas between attendees from different disciplinary backgrounds to gain a better understanding of the ethical issues surrounding AI.
8.30 WORKSHOP START
8.30 Robert Wortham, Andreas Theodorou and Joanna Bryson What is my Robot Thinking? : Transparency as a Fundamental Design Requirement for AI Architectures
9.10 Michael Wellman and Uday Rajan Ethical Issues for Autonomous Trading Agents (Discussion Paper)
9.50 Ugo Pagallo When Morals Ain’t Enough: Robots, Ethics, and the Rules of the Law
10.30 – 11.00 REFRESHMENT BREAK
11.00 Kay Firth-Butterfield Today’s Law, Tomorrow’s Consequences
11.15 Paula Boddington The distinctiveness of AI ethics
11.50 Francesca Rossi Moral Preferences
12.30 – 1.30 LUNCH BREAK
1.30 Deborah G. Johnson and Mario Verdicchio Reframing AI Discourse
2.10 Toby Walsh The Singularity May Never Be Near
2.50 Nate Soares The Value Learning Problem
3.30 – 4.00 REFRESHMENT BREAK
4.00 – 5.30
4.00 Federico Pistono and Roman Yampolskiy Unethical Research: How to Create a Malevolent Artificial Intelligence
4.40 Wolfhart Totschnig The Problem of Superintelligence: Political, not Technological
5.20 CLOSING REMARKS
Michael Wooldridge, Oxford University
Peter Millican, Oxford University
Christopher Megone, Leeds University
Paula Boddington, Oxford University
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Joanna Bryson, University of Bath
Vincent Conitzer, Duke University
Michael Fisher, Liverpool University
Brian Logan, Nottingham University
Francesca Rossi, University of Padova
Stuart Russell, University of California at Berkeley
Bart Selman, Cornell University
Mariarosaria Taddeo, University of Oxford
Cecilia Tilli, University of Oxford
Michael Wellman, University of Michigan