Past Event

Columbia Vision & Graphics Center Distinguished Lecture: Ron Baecker (Emeritus, U. Toronto) on "What society must require of AI

September 11, 2019
11:40 AM - 12:40 PM
Department of Computer Science, 500 W. 120th St., New York, New York 10027 451
TITLE: What Society Must Require From AI Speaker: Ron Baecker Emeritus Professor of CS and Bell Chair in Human-Computer Interaction University of Toronto ABSTRACT: Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, especially machine learning (ML) programs, are now being employed or proposed for use in: a) scanning résumés to weed out job applicants; b) evaluating risks children face in their families; c) informing judicial decisions about bail, sentencing, and parole; d) diagnosing medical conditions, and not just classifying medical images; e) identifying faces in the crowd for the police; f) caring for seniors; g) driving autonomous vehicles; and h) guiding and directing drones in eliminating terrorists. I will propose what society must require of algorithms that affect human welfare, health, life, and death. I shall discuss concepts including reliability, openness, transparency, explainability, trustworthiness, responsibility, accountability, empathy, compassion, fairness, and justice. The results will aid researchers in prioritizing problems for AI and HCI research, and will assist policy makers and citizens in determining when and how AI technology should be deployed.

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