PPIG: Philosophy, Psychology, and Informatics Group

Speaker: Professor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke University)

Title: How to Build Morality into AI

Abstract: AI is spreading fast. We humans need to figure out the best way to prevent AI from making the worst decisions, which are harmful, unfair, or otherwise morally wrong. One way is to design AI to predict what humans would judge to be immoral if they were informed, rational, and impartial. Then the AI can use that information when making its choices. This talk will illustrate this method in a test case of who gets the kidney when two patients need a transplant but only one kidney is available. This same approach can be extended to other areas of morality, including end-of-life decisions in medicine, hiring and promotion in business, pretrial release in criminal law, and autonomous vehicles and weapons. The result will be AI that aligns with our deepest values.

Further information

We are a group of researchers from diverse backgrounds in the above-mentioned groups (and beyond) who aim to gain an interdisciplinary yet deep understanding of the threads that bind the human mind and the world. In particular, this seminar series focuses on the nature of cognition, metacognition and social cognition. We’ll be tackling questions such as, what does it mean to think? What does it mean to think about thinking? And, what does it mean to think about one’s own thinking versus thinking about the thinking of other people? Please come along!

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Contact details

Tillmann Vierkant

May 12 2022 -

PPIG: Philosophy, Psychology, and Informatics Group

2022-05-12: How to Build Morality into AI

Hybrid: Online via invitation & Room G.05, 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH