Living with Artificial Intelligence – How to stay Human

interviewer: Franz Zeller, ORF
interviewee: Toby Walsh, NICTA, Australia's ICT Research Centre of Excellence
published: Oct. 1, 2018,   recorded: September 2018,   views: 1450

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- "Computers outperform doctors at diagnosing your kid´s pneumonia."
- "AI ends world hunger."
- "Humans are lab rats for testing of AI technology."
- "Autonomous drone starts World War III."

Some call it intelligent, others call it automated algorithmic decision making. No matter the expression, automatization has been impacting us all for some time now. From the open-source AI tools that help combat harassment on social media, and using AI to prevent diabetes in kids, to computers outperforming doctors at reading mammograms. The potential of AI technology of making our lives better, healthier, and safer when it comes to addressing problems such as climate change, food security, migration waves, and energy supply, has already been observed.

At the same time, the matter of fact is that we live in a world where biased machines have been conducting discriminatory hiring practices. Each year millions of people die on the roads, and the development of self-driving cars have been called a moral imperative. However without any regulatory oversight, are the public roads just laboratories for collecting data and testing the technology without our consent?

How can we make sure we do not give autonomy to "stupid” AI, machines which do not know how to make good choices? How will we have a sensible democratic political debate, when human voices are silenced by the bots? What are the competencies which the society needs to foster to make our lives with AI better, not worse?

Discover the myths and realities of living with artificial intelligence, and how to keep the humanity humane at the LogicLounge with Toby Walsh. He has been called a "rock star of AI", due to his regular appearances in the international media. He is talking and asking questions about the impact of AI and robotics on our lives. Professor Walsh is not only known as the initiator of the worldwide movement for the UN-ban of autonomous lethal weapons ("Killer Robots"), but is also an author of numerous books presenting the general public the myths, the chances and the risks in the field of AI techniques and technology.

This event is part of the LogicLounge public discussion series, organized by Vienna Center for Logic and Algorithms at TU Wien, and moderated by Franz Zeller (ORF).

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