Unsupervised Thinking
a podcast about neuroscience, artificial intelligence and science more broadly

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Episode 17: Ethics of AI

There's a lot to be said about the technical progress being made with artificial intelligence, but what about the impact these rapid advances have on the society in which they unfold? In this episode, we tackle a broad range of such issues, from the possibility of removing human bias from algorithms to how likely we are to fall in love with an AI (Conor might). We speculate on how difficult the transition from humans to self-driving cars will be and our wild uncertainty about the future of jobs/the value of human labor. Throughout you will see a poorly-veiled concern about the current political state of the world and how wealth and power will be distributed in the future. What we learn though, is that in addition to the economic and technological impacts, the use of AI  is having at least one major side effect: it's forcing us to explicitly define our goals and values, such that we can impart them to our digital offspring. Now if we could just agree on what those goals and values are...

We read:
The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence by the Machine Intelligence Research Institute
SciAm review of Weapons of Math Destruction
Who's Responsible When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?
Who Will Own the Robots?
The Guardian's review of Her

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As always, our jazzy theme music "Quirky Dog" is courtesy of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 

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