Grand Challenges lecture series Grand Challenges 2018-2019 - Page 9

Dr Joanna Bryson WHAT IS THE ROLE OF PEOPLE IN AN AGE OF INTELLIGENT MACHINES? 13 FEBRUARY 2019 6.00PM-7.00PM KEELE HALL, THE SALVIN ROOM Artificial intelligence (AI) and the information age are bringing us more information about ourselves and each other than any society has ever known. Yet at the same time it brings machines seemingly more capable of every human endeavour than any human can be. What are the limits of AI? Of intelligence and humanity more broadly? What are our ethical obligations to machines? Do these alter our obligations to each other? What is the basis of our social obligations? In this talk Dr Bryson will argue that there are really only two problems humanity (or any other species) has to solve. These are sustainability and inequality, or put another way, security and power. Or put a third way, how big of a pie can we make, and how do we slice up that pie? Life is not a zero-sum game; we and many other species use the security of sociality to construct public goods where everyone benefits. But still, every individual needs enough pie to thrive, and this is the challenge of inequality. Dr Bryson will argue for greater understanding of these processes and will also consider how AI is presently affecting both of these problems. Dr Bryson will close with concrete policy recommendations for managing AI and our society. Dr Joanna Bryson is a senior Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science, University of Bath and an affiliate at the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy. Her research covers topics ranging from artificial intelligence, through autonomy and robot ethics, and on to human cooperation. She has published extensively and consults widely on AI and human society. 9