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:: Calls :: The Workshop on Ethics for Artificial Intelligence, part of IJCAI-16, the 25th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, will be held on July 9, New York. Bursaries Available. Deadline for submissions is April 10.

Recent progress in various subfields of AI has caused some researchers and pundits to raise concerns about the dangers that AI might ultimately pose. These concerns range from questions about the ethics of delegating to military drones the authority to decide when to attack human targets, up to fears about a possible existential risk posed by AI technologies, should “superintelligence” ever become a reality. Much of the debate surrounding these issues has taken place in a scientific vacuum, uninformed by the experiences and insights of practicing AI researchers. Meanwhile, a wide range of other and sometimes less obvious ethical issues arise from current and proposed use of AI in diverse areas such as medicine, social care, autonomous trading agents and autonomous vehicles.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together, in a structured setting, AI researchers and others interested in understanding how the discipline of AI should respond to these concerns. The workshop particularly aims to foster an active exchange of ideas between attendees from different disciplinary backgrounds to gain a better understanding of the ethical issues surrounding AI.

The main topics of interest include, but are not restricted to:

  • What are the key ethical issues facing in AI research?
  • How distinctive are the ethical issues raised by AI research, or can they be tackled with existing ethical frameworks?
  • How can we consider ethical issues in a rapidly developing technology such as AI, balancing present reality and future possibility?
  • Case studies of ethical issues in AI, for example, in areas such as healthcare, finance, automated vehicles and military applications, or any other area of interest.
  • To what extent and how can AI researchers learn from other disciplines about best practice when facing ethical issues?
  • Are other disciplines facing new ethical challenges through the use of AI?
  • How can we build human values into AI? Is attempting to do so a good strategy?
  • Can we maintain ultimate human control over AI and is this necessary for ethical AI?
  • Can developments in AI assist us in answering these ethical questions?
  • What possibilities are there for drawing up a code of ethics or guidelines for AI?
  • What work have organisations undertaken to date on developing ethical practice in AI?

Thanks to a generous grant from the Future of Life Institute, a limited number of bursaries towards the cost of attending this workshop are now available.

For more details on submissions: https://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/efai/

For info on the 25th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence: http://ijcai-16.org/

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