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A train is headed towards five people. The train will kill them unless you pull a lever diverting the train onto another track, in which case it will kill one other person.
Should you pull the lever?
Many people have drawn a parallel between scenarios similar to the one above (often referred to as ‘trolley problems’) and automated vehicle collisions. How should an automated vehicle be programmed to allocate harm in an unavoidable collision?
Others say that trolley problems are unrealistic and uninformative about the design of automated vehicles.
In this talk, Geoff will explore how trolley problems can help us navigate the ethics of automated vehicle collisions. He will also discuss implications for the wider relevance of the trolley problem for the ethics of artificial intelligence including its application to the use of drones for killing in war.
Group discussions afterwards will give everyone an opportunity to share their thoughts and views.
About the speaker: Geoff Keeling
Geoff is an Interdisciplinary Ethics Fellow at Stanford University, based in the Center for Ethics in Society and the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. He is also an Associate Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge.
He completed his PhD in moral philosophy at the University of Bristol in 2020. He works on the ethics of artificial intelligence. In particular, the ethics of automated vehicle decision-making, and the ethics of machine learning systems in medicine.
You can find more information about Geoff on his LinkedIn profile.
Agenda of the January 2021 Meet Up:
This is an online meet up through Zoom platform. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite. Please scroll to the bottom of the email to the ‘Additional Information’ section to see instructions for joining this meet up.
6:45 – 6:55pm: Arrive and join us for a virtual drink
6:55 – 7:00pm: Welcome and introduction of a Speaker
7:00 – 7:20pm: Presentation of the topic
7:20 – 7:40pm: Discussion in breakout rooms with feedback
7:40 – 7:50pm: Report back by break out groups and further discussions
7:50 – 8:00pm: Wrap-up and mentions of relevant upcoming events, etc.
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