Walter Sinnott-Armstrong discusses artificial intelligence and morality

News | University By Joyce Er | Tuesday, October 25Photo by Neal Vaidya | The Chronicle Walter Sinnott-Armstrong examined how morality and artificial intelligence relate during a talk Monday evening.  How do we create artificial intelligence that serves mankind’s purposes? Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Chauncey Stillman professor of practical ethics, led a discussion Monday on the subject. Through an open discussion funded by the Future of Life Institute, Sinnott-Armstrong raised issues at the intersection of computer science and ethical philosophy. Among the tricky questions Sinnott-Armstrong tackled were programming artificial intelligence so that it would not eliminate the human race as well as the legal and moral issues involving self-driving cars.  Sinnott-Armstrong noted that artificial intelligence and morality are not as irreconcilable as some might believe, despite one being regarded as highly structured and the other seen as highly subjective.…

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