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Artificial Intelligence Comes of Age - Agenda

Monday, August 1, 2016

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.             Session I. Putting Artificial Intelligence into Perspective
Walter Isaacson, Aspen Institute President and CEO and author of The Innovators and Steve Jobs, presents a keynote on the history and path towards Artificial Intelligence. Subsequently, participants discuss the future of AI, their hopes, and their fears.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.            Session II.  AI Automated Automobiles
An AI that is responsible for the safety of human beings on fast and complicated highways will undoubtedly face a series of ethical dilemmas, especially in years of transition to complete automated driving. Should AI use a broad top-down code to reason from, i.e. a re-written version of Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws?  Or should programmers take a more nuanced bottom-up approach where AI is taught how to reason morally?  What regulatory and business pressures, including insurance requirements, could or should impact the use of AI?  Are there other approaches to framing the trolley problem and its moral dilemmas?

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.          Session III. A bitter pill to swallow? AI and Healthcare
Artificially intelligent agents could improve basic and complicated medical affairs, like diagnosing simple viruses or cancers and recommending solutions. This technology could analyze millions of data points to assist in severe disease research, or provide care to the elderly and disabled. What AI applications and uses are emerging in the field that pose significant societal issues?  What ethical issues need to be addressed in bringing AI into diagnosis or treatment that can prolong, or endanger, a patient’s life?

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.             Session IV.  AI, Media and the Bot Revolution
Newspapers, advertisements, social media and entertainment are increasingly using AI technologies to enhance a user’s experience. News bots are writing stories; social bots and personal assistants are improving users’ daily routines. How can AI applications in the media ecosystem create a better informed society? What measures will be needed to protect individual security and privacy?

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.            Session V. AI Bound or Unbound?
Widespread developments in the use of AI technology is bound to change social culture, the home, and even one’s everyday life. In the media, pop culture and even in many scholarly circles, fears around the future of AI abound. Though Terminator-like scenarios are largely discredited and General AI seems unlikely for some time to come, should a developmental line be drawn before AI can write its own code, or before it develops the same learning capacity as adult humans? Should future technology be regulated, involve new feedback loops, or be subject to approvals of any kind? What is the role of insurance companies, government regulators, moral authorities, and companies themselves? What do we expect of the individual user?