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The 1st Yale Workshop on AI, Ethics, and Society

Powerful AI systems, which are driven by machine learning tools, are increasingly controlling various aspects of modern society: from social interactions (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube), economics (e.g., Uber, Airbnb, Banking), learning (e.g., Wikipedia, MOOCs), to governance (Judgements, Policing, Voting). These systems have a tremendous potential to change our lives for the better, but, via the ability to mimic and nudge human behavior, they also have the potential to be discriminatory, reinforce societal prejudices, and polarize opinions. Moreover, recent studies have demonstrated that these systems can be quite brittle and generally lack the required robustness to be deployed in various civil/military situations. 

These developments have given rise to a plethora of questions at the interface of computer/data science and classical disciplines such as philosophy, linguistics, economics, psychology, public health, and law. The goal of this intensive (one-day) workshop is to identify and discuss some of these emerging challenges from different viewpoints, brainstorm potential ways forward, and initiate a Yale-wide effort towards the goal of rethinking AI systems from a societal and humanitarian viewpoint.

Date: Friday, April 5, 2019
Venue: Yale on York (150 York St)
Admission to workshop is free of charge.

Confirmed Participants: 


8:30-8:40Opening remarks: Tamar Gendler
8:40-9:00Introduction to AI: John Lafferty
9:00-10:15Panel 1: AI’s Impact on Society
10:15-10:45Coffee break
10:45-12:00Panel 2: AI and Morality
12:00-13:15Lunch break
13:15-14:30Panel 3: AI and the Legal Sphere
14:30-15:00Coffee break
15:00-16:15Panel 4: AI, Ethics & Society @ Yale
16:15-16:30Concluding remarks

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