AI & Ethics

Technology Talk: State of the Union’



“State of the Union: Artificial Intelligence & Ethics” with Dr. Peter Danielson

The “State of the Union” is an address to the current state of technology and how it affects our lives, while ultimately asking “what is our progress towards the singularity?” In what state is our relationship with technology leading towards unity?

Join fellow members for monthly unique tech-focused events, from panel discussions to workshops, featuring the latest in innovation and futurist thinking.

$35. per person.
Members & guests. Includes canapé reception. Chit bar available

5:30 p.m. Reception in the Georgian Room
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Discussion

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Danielson’s research program of Artificial Morality builds game theoretic and computational (agent-based, evolutionary) models of more or less ethical agents — agents like us, our dogs, robots, and institutions. The results are cautionary: we should not expect too much from ethical theory, based as it is on the weak methods of philosophy. Looking instead to game theory, evolutionary biology, behavioral economics, and computational sociology, we should treat our social and psychological moral capabilities realistically: we are weak-willed nepotists who need help making ourselves and communities better through feasible social contracts.

Danielson’s applied research tries to overcome some of these constraints, by constructing computational spaces to support democratic decision making in ethics. He leads the NReasons research group, which is conducting experimental public participation evaluations of technologies ranging from biobanks to elder care robots as well as life extension and animal welfare. His recent work focuses on the unexpected limits of and costs of ethics in the case of the emerging technologies of robots and AI, as well as the ethics of aging.