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Moral Artificial Intelligence - Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

The Rock Ethics Institute

Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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The Rock Ethics Institute presents:

"Are Machines Taking Over? How to Build Moral Artificial Intelligence"

Computers answer my questions and give me directions as I drive. They decide who gets organs for transplantation and bail in criminal courts. They serve as companions for elderly and disabled, and they guide autonomous cars and weapons of war. Is it dangerous or immoral to leave all of these decisions to machines? Will computers make morally better decisions than humans do? Can artificial intelligence improve on human moral judgments? Will artificial intelligence systems or robots act in destructive ways? We need to face all of these questions in the near future. The solution is to build morality into computers, but how can we do that? We will see.

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University
He holds secondary appointments in Duke’s Law School, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Sciences. He is a Partner Investigator at the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics and a Research Scientist with The Mind Research Network in New Mexico. He has published widely on ethics, empirical moral psychology and neuroscience, philosophy of law, epistemology, philosophy of religion, and informal logic. His current work focuses on moral psychology and brain science as well as uses of neuroscience in legal systems. He is writing books on scrupulosity, on political polarization, and on freedom and moral responsibility.

Followed By Discussion With Rock Ethic Institute Research Associates:
C.Daryl Cameron
Assistant Professor of Psychology at Penn State
Alan R. Wagner
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Penn State

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Foster Auditorium
Paterno Library
State College, PA 16801

Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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The mission of the Rock Ethics Institute is to promote ethical awareness and inquiry across the University, and in the public and professional sectors, through a three-fold emphasis on teaching, research, and outreach.

The Rock Ethics Institute aims to help people better understand the cultural—and frequently multi-cultural—contexts of ethical problems, disagreements, and responses. We believe that in today’s world, ethical literacy is essential to being active, informed citizens, and to living vibrant professional and personal lives.

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