AI and Social Responsibility
Thursday, September 21, 2017 — 10:45AM - 12:15PM
The early industrial revolutions birthed wide-ranging mechanical and scientific innovations, creating astounding levels of productivity and wealth. However, the leaps in standards of living came with perils such as widespread pollution and horrific workplace conditions. The information age has its own dichotomy, for example enabling effortless connectivity at the cost of sensitive data exposure. Society is now entering an era in which computational power will not simply increase our understanding of the world, but replicate and autonomously develop synthetic “expertise” in a range of domains. The age of pervasive artificial intelligence will yield much-needed, broadly accessible innovations in domains such as safety, health, and commerce. However, unwanted societal consequences will occur unless researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers take responsibility to proactively address relevant challenges.
The A.I. and Social Responsibility panel discussion aims to reveal expert insights and prioritize future research pursuits motivated by, but not limited to, the following questions:
1) how do technologists help guide A.I. democratization and education to enable broad-reaching career opportunities, and not simply displace workforces;
2) how do we design transparency, trust, and accountability as first order components in A.I.-based system development to protect society, explain decisions, and avoid replicating or enforcing biases;
3) what techniques and policies will be needed to detect and combat malicious uses of A.I.
Addressing these concerns will increasingly become important as A.I. further affects billions of people in domains such as healthcare, finance, transportation, and litigation.
Joel Branch, ESPN