Conference: SIAI Social Implications of Artificial Intelligence 2015
This first edition of the Social Implications of Artificial Intelligence (SIAI) conference was hosted by Solutions for the Future (SFS) at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul. Its declared goal was to discuss “various social issues related to the future impact of robotics on humanity”. In their very first iteration, SIAI managed to secure reputable keynote speakers (e.g. Stuart Armstrong, Byoung-Tak Zhang and David Pearce).
My oral presentation was titled AI & Preference Utilitarianism and examined how various notions of Artificial Intelligence would fit into different interpretations of preference utilitarianism. Judging from the discussion it spurred, it did seem to succeed in raising a couple of issues worth debating.
Unsurprisingly, my pick for the most notable presentation was the one by Stuart Armstrong from the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, speaking about the prospect of Artificial Intelligence in general. A strong contester for this pick was the presentation by Soojin Lee, an 18 year old high school student, who presented a paper on a particular kind of machine learning algorithm.