As the field of AI advances, researchers have started to play around with the capabilities of their systems to test what questions AI could answer. While the useful questions concerning sentiment and classification are already considered pretty abstract, researchers have started to ask questions that go a step beyond. Ethical decision making is something that humans themselves cannot even define effectively, yet AI systems have been made to approach this problem. At this meeting we will discuss the implications of this while closely following the MIT white paper "A Voting-Based System for Ethical Decision Making." This paper discusses the decisions a self driving car would make in extreme circumstances, where the ethical decision is decided by the results of online polls taken by random people. Along with this paper, we will discuss systems that claim to be able to identify potential terrorists or criminals, and even someone's sexual orientation, just from their face. Is this a ground breaking application of AI, or just an embellished resurgence of the archaic pseudoscience of physiognomy? This will be an open discussion, so feel free to come in and state your stance!
The White Paper: A Voting-Based System for Ethical Decision Making - https://arxiv.org/pdf/1709.06692.pdf
Facing Facts: Artificial Intelligence and the Resurgence of Physiognomy - https://undark.org/article/facing-facts-artificial-intelligence/
Sources: https://arxiv.org/abs/1612.04158 , https://osf.io/zn79k/ , https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28176027 , https://www.glaad.org/blog/glaad-and-hrc-call-stanford-university-responsible-media-debunk-dangerous-flawed-report
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