Artificial Intelligence (AI) · Ethics

Join us this Sunday for a discussion of Values, Ethics, and Artificial Intelligence

RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft
An RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft like the one shown is currently flying non-military mapping missions over South, Central America and the Caribbean at the request of partner nations in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Bobbi Zapka)

In July of last year, Wired magazine published an article on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and it’s use in military applications (“AI Could Revolutionize War as much as Nukes“). The article discusses both the increasing threat autonomous weapons will pose and the need for diplomatic work to limit their use. Others have raised the question of embedding values and ethical reasoning within the AI itself.

This Sunday Chon Shoaf will lead us in a discussion of the question of values, not only in military use of AI, but more fundamentally in whether it is possible to embed values in machines. Here are some questions we might consider:

  • Do Values Matter?
  • What is the role of values?
  • Can AI incorporate values?

Snoopy dressed as an aviator on top of his dog houseWe will look whether some subtle values and common beliefs, behaviors, and moods can be incorporated into AI. Come see how even the cartoon character Snoopy is relevant to these questions.

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