Podcast episode with Wendell Wallach, ethicist and author of A Dangerous Master: How to keep technology from slipping beyond our control. Produced by Future of Life Institute for the series AI Alignment Runtime 72 minutes.
Wendell Wallach has been at the forefront of contemporary emerging technology issues for decades now. As an interdisciplinary thinker, he has engaged at the intersections of ethics, governance, AI, bioethics, robotics, and philosophy since the beginning formulations of what we now know as AI alignment were being codified. Wendell began with a broad interest in the ethics of emerging technology and has since become focused on machine ethics and AI governance. This conversation with Wendell explores his intellectual journey and participation in these fields.
Topics discussed in this episode include:
- Wendell’s intellectual journey in machine ethics and AI governance
- The history of machine ethics and alignment considerations
- How machine ethics and AI alignment serve to produce beneficial AI
- Soft law and hard law for shaping AI governance
- Wendell’s and broader efforts for the global governance of AI
- Social and political mechanisms for mitigating the risks of AI
- Wendell’s forthcoming book