A day of talks on how ethics are considered - and ignored - in modern applications of Artificial Intelligence.
Technology is ingrained in most of our lives. So why is it that only a small fraction of us understand how our everyday choices are being steered by others, and the systems they create?
Whether it's who Facebook is telling you to vote for, or what Amazon is telling you to buy, democracy and freedom are being tested. Academic experts give us their insight on why we should be embedding ethics into Artificial Intelligence in 2019.
11.30am: Professor Stuart Russell >> Human Compatible: AI and the Problem of Control
Stuart's research on the history and future of Artificial Intelligence and its relation to humanity includes machine learning, probabilistic reasoning, knowledge representation, real-time decision making, multitarget tracking, computer vision, inverse reinforcement learning, and the movement to ban the manufacture and use of autonomous weapons.
12.30pm: Dr Dan McQuillan >> Post-austerity AI
Dan is a Lecturer in Creative and Social Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. This talk will not focus on the long term future of AI but on the political and social damage that will flow from the AI we already have. It will describe the way its concrete operations of optimisation and prediction lead to thoughtlessness, epistemic injustice and segregation, and how that resonates with the wider politics of austerity and the rise of the far right. The talk will propose a route to an alternative AI based on feminist technology studies and forms of direct democracy such as people’s councils. It will call for an approach to AI in the here and now that puts matters of care at its core, and that recomposes the very idea of AI as computation in the service of togetherness.
12.50pm: Dr Kate Devlin
Kate is Senior Lecturer in Social and Cultural Artificial Intelligence at King's College London, where she researches how society reacts to technological change. Her book, 'Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots' has received wide acclaim. She campaigns for gender equality in tech, and has recently been elected as a Director of the Open Rights Group.
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