September, 8, 2020 - 03. September 2020

Speaker: Stuart Russell (University of California at Berkeley)

Next session of TU Wien DigHum Lectures: How Not to Destroy the World with Artificial Intelligence

Stuart Russel (University of California at Berkeley) will speak about "How Not to Destroy the World with Artificial Intelligence" 


I will briefly survey recent and expected developments in AI and their implications. Some are enormously positive, while others, such as the development of autonomous weapons and the replacement of humans in economic roles, may be negative. Beyond these, one must expect that AI capabilities will eventually exceed those of humans across a range of real-world-decision making scenarios. Should this be a cause for concern, as Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and others have suggested? And, if so, what can we do about it? While some in the mainstream AI community dismiss the issue, I will argue that the problem is real and that the technical aspects of it are solvable if we replace current definitions of AI with a version based on provable benefit to humans.

Moderator: Helga Nowotny (Chair of the ERA Council Forum Austria and Former President of the ERC)

Date and time: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 5:00 P.M. (17:00) CEST

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The talk will be streamed and recorded on the DIGHUM Youtube channel:

The next session is on 22. September:  Barbara Gross (Harvard University): “An AI and CS Dilemma: Could I ? Should I ?”

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