Joanna Bryson - AI and Ethics ResearcherJoanna Bryson (@j2bryson) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computing at the University of Bath. She works on Artificial Intelligence, ethics, and collaborative cognition.

In 2010 Bryson published her most controversial work, “Robots Should Be Slaves” and has helped the EPSRC to define the Principles of Robotics in 2010. She has also consulted The Red Cross on autonomous weapons and is a member of an All Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence.

Joanna is focused on “Standardizing Ethical Design for Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems”. In 2017 she won an Outstanding Achievement award from Cognition X. She regularly appears in national media, talking about human-robot relationships and the ethics of AI

EPSRC’s Laws of Robotics:

  1. Robots should not be designed as weapons, except for national security reasons
  2. Robots should be designed and operated to comply with existing law, including privacy
  3. Robots are products: as with other products, they should be designed to be safe and secure
  4. Robots are manufactured artifacts: the illusion of emotions and intent should not be used to exploit vulnerable users
  5. It should be possible to find out who is responsible for any robot

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In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:

  • Why robots and AI should not resemble people
  • How Joanna helped the British replace Asimov’s laws of robotics
  • How people confuse consciousness and intelligence and likely problems this creates
  • Why Joanna is skeptical we’ll achieve AI superintelligence
  • The big problem with conflicting interests creating filter bubbles, disinformation and overly aggressive Facebook
  • Why robots cannot be liable/punished for their actions
  • How people should think about ethics of robot design
  • The ethical dilemmas with AI and robots in society
  • How psychology, neuroscience, ethics and AI are merging
  • The problems with control and governing AI usage
  • How bad incentives create bad artificial intelligences

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Peter Stone - AI and Machine LearningProf Peter Stone is the founder and director of the Learning Agents Research Group (LARG) within the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin, as well as associate department chair and chair of the University’s Robotics Portfolio Program.

He is also the President, COO, and co-founder of Cogitai, a startup company building AIs that learn continually from interaction with the real world – ie brains or continual-learning AI sof tware.

Peter’s main research interest is understanding how we can best create complete intelligent agents and focuses mainly on machine learning, multiagent systems, and robotics. Prof Stone has worked with modeling/creating robot soccer, autonomous bidding agents, autonomous vehicles, autonomic computing and social agents.

In 2007 he received the prestigious IJCAI Computers and Thought Award, given biannually to the top AI researcher under the age of 35, and in 2016 he was awarded the ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award.

 

 

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Amir HusainAmir Husain(@amirhusain_tx) is a serial entrepreneur, inventor, and author based in Austin, Texas. He was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Award, has been named Austin’s Top Technology Entrepreneur of the Year, and received the Austin Under 40 Technology and Science Award. Husain is the founder and CEO of SparkCognition, an award-winning artificial intelligence company.

Since its founding in April 2013, SparkCognition has received widespread recognition, including the 2017 CNBC Disruptor 50, being named the fastest-growing company in Central Texas by Austin Business Journal in 2017, and ranking on the CB Insights AI 100 list in both 2017 and 2018.

Husain is a prolific inventor with 27 U.S. patents awarded and over 40 pending applications. His work has been featured in outlets such as Foreign Policy, Fox Business News, and Proceedings from the U.S. Naval Institute. His book “The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence” was published in 2017.

Husain served as a founding member of the Board of Advisors for IBM Watson and serves on the Board of Advisors for The University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Science. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for a New American Security Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and National Security.

Amir is also the author of The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence which you can get from Amazon here or FREE here from Audible.

“Software is eating the world, and A.I. is eating software”

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Isaac Arthur - Futurist and Transhumanist PhysicistIsaac Arthur (@isaac_a_arthur) is a physicist and futurist who runs popular YouTube channel Featured Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur.

Isaac’s popular channel has over 270k subscribers and 20M+ views and a legion of loyal, insightful fans, including his own sub-Reddit. Arthur covers a wide range of futurist and science fiction ideas including cyborgs, androids and artificial intelligence, the Fermi paradox and interstellar warfare, Dyson spheres and megascale engineering, quantum teleportation and faster-than-light travel—typically exploring hypothetical scenarios extending to the distant future.

 

 

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Robin HansonRobin Hanson (@robinhanson)is associate professor of economics at George Mason University, and research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University with a doctorate in social science from CalTech, master’s degrees in physics and philosophy from the University of Chicago. He has spent nine years as a research programmer, at Lockheed and NASA, has 3500 citations, 60 publications, 700 media mentions, and he blogs at OvercomingBias.

Robin is also the author of The Elephant in the Brain – Hidden Motives in Everyday Life and co-authored The Age of Em – Work, Love and Life when Robots Own the World.

Hanson is credited with originating the concept of the Policy Analysis Market, a DARPA project to implement a market for betting on future developments in the Middle East. Hanson also created and supports a proposed system of government called futarchy, where policies would be determined by prediction markets.

Hanson is a man willing to challenge conventional wisdom/norms and has lately drawn criticism for his unconventional economics positions on sex, gender dynamics and problems with today’s society.

 

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Zoltan Istvan - Futurist, Transhumanist, Running for California Governor

Zoltan Istvan Gyurko (@zoltan_istvan) is an American transhumanist, journalist, entrepreneur and Libertarian futurist who ran for President of the United States in 2016 to raise awareness for transhumanism. In 2017, Istvan announced his intent to run for Governor of California in the 2018 election as a member of the Libertarian Party – see his website: zoltanistvan.com for more.

Formerly a reporter for the National Geographic Channel, Istvan now writes futurist, transhumanist, libertarian and secular themed articles for major publications including Vice’s Motherboard, Wired, The Huffington Post., TechCrunch and Newsweek. Istvan also regularly appears on television and video channels discussing futurist topics and is one of the world’s most influential transhumanists – believing transhumanism will grow into a mainstream social movement in the next decade.

Istvan is also the author of The Transhumanist Wager, a philosophical science fiction novel.

 

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