Can AI systems have morals?

Apr 24, 2018 · Auckland, New Zealand

Science fiction contains many examples of out-of-control AI systems taking the wrong action (e.g. HAL 9000 in Space Odyssey; Terminator series of films; VIKI in I, Robot; Ava in Ex Machina).

Such examples have led some researchers to propose that AI should be banned because, at best, they will treat us as pets and, at worst, enslave us or even eliminate us. What has not been discussed to any great extent is why it is not possible for AI systems to have morals and an ethical framework that will allow them to distinguish right from wrong and so prevent them from taking the wrong action.

The aim of this talk is to examine how (and even whether) we can give AI systems moral principles to make them sufficiently ethical to pass a moral Turing Test before release.


Ajit Narayanan is Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Auckland University of Technology. His research interests are in machine learning and the philosophy of artificial intelligence.


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Horizon Robotics is early-stage technology startup based in Auckland, NZ that is building an on-demand food delivery business where 100% the deliveries are fulfilled by robots. On-demand delivery as it is currently done by human drivers is an expensive operation resulting in thin margins. In this presentation, Andrew - founder of Horizon Robotics will present how self-driving robots can drastically change the economics of food delivery and build a delivery service at price points never seen before in the industry.


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p.s., there will be vegan and gluten free options this time. Sorry about last time (vendor slip-up on the order)!

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