The Second Workshop on Implementing Machine Ethics @ UCD (30th June 2020)
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Registration (now closed)
Following on from the first workshop organized last year, the Machine Ethics Research Group at UCD would like to invite registrations for the Second Workshop on Implementing Machine Ethics. The workshop is free to attend. Please fill out this form to register.
The contemplation of intelligence and/or agency among machines, in popular discourse, seems to settle on a future technological dystopia or conversely, a machine-led utopia. While the media creates these dichotomous futures, there needs to be deeper discussion on how intelligence, agency, and ethics in machines will affect society. Is the expectation of ethical behaviour an all-or-nothing proposition? What are the legal consequences of unethical behaviour by a machine-augmented human being? Does it make sense to talk about ethically-limited machines? Do a machine’s ethical duties towards humanity supersede individual human rights?
The School of Computer Science, UCD would like to invite registrations, for the second Workshop on Implementing Machine Ethics. Participation is welcome from practitioners, professionals, junior researchers, and senior academics, who have an interest in the technological, political, social, legal and philosophical implications of concrete implementations of ethics in machines. The Workshop deliberately avoids discipline-specific tracks to allow participants from multiple disciplines to interact and exchange views. Presentations will be on the following themes / questions:
- Are ethics expressible in algorithmic form?
- Who is responsible for ethical violations by a machine?
- Can ethical behaviour be guaranteed or verified in computational media?
- Relationships between humans and machines in the presence of hybrid actions
- Social implications of trust, and dependence on cognitive assemblages
- Can ethical responsibility be assigned when decision-making is distributed?
- Do ethically-capable machines have rights? Where do these stand in relation to human-rights?
The main thrust of the workshop will be on bringing multiple perspectives to bear on an acceptable description of ethical machines. The talks and discussion will be devoted to synthesising a joint multi-faceted notion of ethical machines around the themes and questions listed above.
Prof. Virginia Dignum, Umeå University.
Prof. Dignum heads the research group on Social and Ethical Artificial Intelligence, in the Department of Computer Science. Her research interests span analysis and formalization of social interaction, to design of human-agent frameworks, and responsible AI.
LocationDue to travel restrictions imposed by the coronavirus lockdown, the workshop will take place in virtual space. Registered participants will be sent a Zoom link prior to the beginning of the workshop.
The workshop is free to attend, however in the interests of participant-management, we would request you to please register here, before the event.
Schedule(all times Irish Summer Time)
|09:25 - 09:30||Welcome
Vivek Nallur, UCD, Ireland
|09:30 - 09:45||Agency, Ethics and AI
Ken Archer, Survata Inc., USA
|09:50 - 10:05||Is Trust Between AI Institutions and the Public "Morally Rotten"?
Sarah Carter, NUI Galway, Ireland
|10:10 - 10:25||Authoritarian or Democratic AI?
Sergio Grancagnolo, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
|10:30 - 10:50||Discussion|
|10:50 - 11:00||Break|
|11:00 - 11:15||Computer Ethics - A Lemian Approach
Satwant Kaur, University of Wolverhampton, UK
|11:20 - 11:35||Respectfulness By Design
Dina Babushkina, University of Helsinki, Finland
|11:40 - 11:55||The Limits of Moral Turing Tests
Christoph Merdes, Friedrich-Alexander Universität, Germany
|12:00 - 12:20||Discussion|
|12:20 - 13:00||Lunch|
|13:05 - 13:20||Could Regulating the Creators Deliver Trustworthy AI
Labhaoise Ní Fháolain, University College Dublin, Ireland
|13:25 - 13:40||Machine Ethics Through Machine Coaching
Loizos Michael, Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus
|13:45 - 14:00||Ethical Governor Systems Viewed as a Multi-Agent Problem
Louise Dennis, University of Liverpool, UK
|14:05 - 14:25||Discussion|
|14:25 - 14:35||Break|
|14:35 - 14:50||Theologies of Technology
Anthony Behan, IBM Data and AI, Ireland
|14:55 - 15:10||First steps towards an Ethical Agent for checking decision and behaviour of an Autonomous Vehicle on Rules of the Road
Gleifer Vaz Alves, Universidade Tecnologica Federal do Parana, Brazil
|15:15 - 15:30||Designing Ethics Automation Projects to Increase the Odds of Research Success
|15:35 - 15:55||Discussion|
|16:00 - 17:00||Keynote - Responsible AI: how to develop and use AI in a responsible way
Prof. Virginia Dignum,Umeå University
|17:00 - 17:05||Closing Remarks
Vivek Nallur, UCD, Ireland
Deadline for submission of abstract: 17-May-2020
Notification of acceptance: 1-June-2020
Workshop Date: 30-June-2020
Last Year's Schedule of Talks
|2nd July||3rd July|
|1300 - 1350||Registration (+ Tea/Coffee)||1000 - 1100||Keynote by Joanna Goodey (Moore Auditorium)
AI and fundamental rights: Not only a question of ethics
|1350 - 1400||Welcome
Vivek Nallur, UCD
|1100 - 1115||Tea/Coffee|
|1400 - 1430||The Metaethics of Training Data
Christoph Merde, Friedrich Alexander Universitat
|1115 - 1145||Could Legal Agency Apply to Chatbots
Labhaoise Ní Fhaoláin, DAC Beachcroft Dublin
|1430 - 1500||Humane Algorithms
Nick Gray, University of Liverpool
|1145 - 1215||Bias in Artificial Intelligence
Susan Leavy, University College Dublin
|1500 - 1530||Ethics and Labour in Machine Learning
Eoin Hurrell, Swrve Inc.
|1215 - 1245||Emergent Ethics in Multi-Agent Systems
Vivek Nallur, University College Dublin
|1530 - 1550||Tea/Coffee||1245 - 1345||Lunch|
|1550 - 1620||AI and Epistemic Injustice
Joel Walmsley, University College Cork
|1345 - 1415||Raising Ethical Machines
Marten Kaas, University College Cork
|1620 - 1650||Interpretability and Accountability as Necessary Pieces for Machine Ethics
Taghi Aliyev, CERN
|1415 - 1445||Epistemic and Moral Justification in Machine Learning
Andrew Smart, Google Inc.
|1650 - 1700||Move to Moore Auditorium||1445 - 1500||Tea/Coffee|
|1700 - 1800||Keynote by Alan Winfield
On the Engineering and Ethics of Ethical Machines
|1500 - 1630||Workshop|
|1630 - 1725||Sustaining the Machine Ethicists' Network|
|1725 - 1730||Closing Remarks|
The Machine Ethics Research Group is an inter-disciplinary group that investigates technology and its impact on society, law, ethics, philosophy and fiction.
Two of its members, Dr. Vivek Nallur and Dr. Graham Finlay were funded by a UCD internal grant to create and grow a network of researchers that are interested in the above themes. This workshop is partly funded by this grant.
Apart from Machine Ethics, Vivek is interested in Emergence, Complex Sytems, Agent-based Social Simulation, and Multi-Agent Systems. He freely utilizes ideas from economics, biology, etc. to drive his agents (and research). He is particularly interested in the macro-effects that feedback loops generate, how they can be guided, and used as building blocks for higher-order structures.
Graham's research interests include the history of political thought, especially John Stuart Mill, consequentialist thought, citizenship and development education, the theory and politics of human rights (especially migrants' rights) and various topics in international justice, including migration and development.
- Vivek Nallur, UCD
- Graham Finlay, UCD