5/1 - Joe Halpern,
Cornell: Moral Responsibility, Blameworthiness, and
Intention: In Search of Formal Definitions
The need for judging moral responsibility arises both in ethics and in
law. In an era of autonomous vehicles and, more generally, autonomous
AI agents, the issue has now become relevant to AI as well. Although
hundreds of books and thousands of papers have been written on moral
responsibility, blameworthiness, and intention, there is surprisingly
little work on defining these notions formally. But we will need
formal definitions in order for AI agents to apply these notions. In
this talk, I take some preliminary steps towards defining these
More course-related material:
- An interesting youtube video Humans Need Not Apply on how robots will take over our jobs.
- Recent work out of Princeton shows that machine learning programs learn our biases (and thus will exhibit the same biases that we do when they make decisions). Here is a reasonable newspaper article on the work. Here is the
original article from Science and a fairly accessible perspective on it, also from Science.