“Developing safe and beneficial technology requires more than technical expertise — it requires a well-rounded education and the ability to understand other perspectives” (Tucker Davey).
In May of this year (2018), Tucker Davey interviewed Yan Zang, one of the founders of SPARC—the Summer Program in Applied Rationality and Cognition. The interview is published at the Future of Life Institute’s website. They discussed the need that SPARC is trying to fill, the need of the brightest students in math and technology to have a more rounded education that includes solid ethical thinking.
AI research is booming among young computer scientists, and these students need to understand the complex ethical, governance, and safety challenges posed by their innovations.
The article is short and well worth the time it takes to read it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Feel free to leave comments about it here if you would like to discuss it further.