*online* Ethical Matters: Machine Learning and Human Values
From the AI program which cheats at computer games to the sexist algorithm behind Google Translate, Brian Christian explores the collision between artificial intelligence and ethics.
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Today's "machine-learning" systems, trained by data, are so effective that we've invited them to see and hear for us–and to make decisions on our behalf. But alarm bells are ringing. Recent years have seen an eruption of concern as the field of machine learning advances. When the systems we attempt to teach will not, in the end, do what we want or what we expect, ethical and potentially existential risks emerge. Researchers call this the alignment problem.
Systems cull resumes until, years later, we discover that they have inherent gender biases. Algorithms decide bail and parole–and appear to assess Black and White defendants differently. We can no longer assume that our mortgage application, or even our medical tests, will be seen by human eyes. And as autonomous vehicles share our streets, we are increasingly putting our lives in their hands.
Category: Attractions | Talks and Lectures
General Admission: GBP 5.00
Speaker: Brian Christian