Ethical Machines

Conversations about Humans, Machines & Ethics.

“May you live in interesting times” is a traditional saying, known as the Chinese curse. In these interesting times, our daily experiences are progressively mediated by Intelligent Machines. From Education to Medicine, Business to Warfare — A.I Systems are radically redefining human interactions & processes. Besides an avalanche of well publicised technological breakthroughs, fundamental question are emerging silently: Questions of Ethics - beyond shallow terminator scenarios and hype.

Ethics is the branch of philosophy that involves systematising, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct. It derives from the Ancient Greek word ethos (habit) — Wikipedia

Ethical Machines is a series of conversations about Humans, Machines & Ethics. It aims at sparking a deeper, better informed debate about the implications of intelligent systems for society and individuals. Your hosts, Roelof Pieters & Samim Winiger, explore these important topics with experts and thought leaders in a regular podcast format.

Episode 01

A conversation with Mark Riedl

For the premiere episode of Ethical Machines, we had the pleasure of talking with Mark Riedl, Associate Professor at Georgia Tech. In this fascinating conversation we cover a wide range of topics: Jugging outputs of generative systems, the implications of computational creativity, A.I. driven advertising, the ethics of self driving cars, tensions between academia & industry and more. Mark does a great job at contextualising these ideas and is entertaining to listen to. The intro music for Ethical Machines was generated by a Recurrent Neural Network.

Mark Riedl is an Associate Professor in the Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing and director of the Entertainment Intelligence Lab. Mark’s research focuses on the intersection of artificial intelligence and storytelling.

The power of conversations

The Ethics of artificial intelligence is a challenging area to tackle. It has many facets and pitfalls. Conversations are a ideal medium to explore these concepts — beyond fear mongering, hype and PR. Inspired by the excellent podcast “The Talking Machines”, Ethical Machines aims to be a vehicle for interesting discussions about the intersection of humanities and Intelligent systems. Let us know your opinion and get in touch if you want to chat.

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