2018-04-09 – The Carnegie Mellon University – K&L Gates Conference on Ethics and AI

Conference on April 9-10, 2018 at CMU, Pittsburgh, PA. USA.

As humans rely more on artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics, we encounter both enormous opportunities and great risk. Public debate and discussion has spiked in response — arguing the effects on the workforce, social justice, fairness, privacy and many other sectors of society.

This two-day conference brings together thought leaders from academia, industry, government and the media to go beyond the slogans and soundbites. These interdisciplinary talks aim to engage all affected communities, and identify ways in which new technologies support and advance humanity.

Opening of Conference starts at 22:30.
Equity of Access & Equity of Impact starts at 48:45.

Opening of Conference – starts at 22:30. Remarks from CMU senior leadership and K&L Gates leadership.

Equity of Access & Equity of Impact – starts at 48:45. New and emerging technologies have the potential to dramatically reshape people’s lives, but those impacts will not necessarily be equitable, whether in people having equal access to these advances, or being equally affected by them. This inequities risk producing further divisions and inequalities in society. This session will explore challenges & opportunities to ensuring equity of access & impact for a range of novel computational technologies. Alexandra Chouldechova (CMU); Osonde Osoba (RAND); Rasu Shrestha (UPMC); Natasha Singer (New York Times); Michael Skirpan (Probable Models)

Keynote starts at 15:30. Awards starts at 1:16:00.

K&L Gates Distinguished Lecture in Ethics and Computational Technology
Keynote speaker: Eric Horvitz (Microsoft)

Awarding of K&L Gates Professorship in Ethics and Computational Technologies; K&L Gates Career Development Professorship in Ethics and Computational Technologies – Starts at 1:16:00

Spotlight starts at 16:00. Trust starts at 50:30.

Professorship Spotlight

Trust is a central human relationship, and is critical for both human-human and human-machine interactions. At the same time, technological advances can threaten trust by, for example, making it harder for people to understand these new technologies. This session will focus on the ways in which trust of one another, and of the machines, is affected by technology, and how we can preserve the trust we want. Anca Dragan (UC-Berkeley); Moshe Vardi (Rice); Manuela Veloso (CMU); Kerstin Vignard (UNIDIR)

Policy & Governance
As computational technologies develop, challenges of policy & regulation are becoming correspondingly more difficult. Many AI and robotic systems potentially fall outside of traditional regulatory schemes. They also present significant challenges and opportunities for governance and civil society. This session will examine those impacts, as well as ways that institutions can shape, respond, and adapt to technological developments. Solon Barocas (Cornell); Lorrie Faith Cranor (CMU); Kay Firth-Butterfield (World Economic Forum); Tom Simonite (WIRED)


Agency & Empowerment
Computational technologies have provided many tools and opportunities to increase people’s sense of empowerment, and their personal ability to shape their lives. At the same time, these technologies can significantly disrupt the workforce, thereby reducing people’s options and ability to live their lives as they wish. This session will focus on the impacts, opportunities of computational technologies for people’s agency and empowerment, as well as the ways in which these technologies are beginning to exhibit their own agency. Chad Jenkins (Michigan); Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia); Molly Wright Steenson (CMU); Wendell Wallach (Yale)

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