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Lunch Lecture - Johanna Seibt

Prof. Dr. Johanna Seibt

School of Culture and Society
Aarhus University

Can and should we build AIs with social intelligence?
When May 23, 2019
from 12:15 PM to 01:00 PM
Where University of Freiburg, Kollegiengebäude I, Room 1015
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Attendees Universitätsoffen - open to University members
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Can and should we build AIs with social intelligence?


One of the current goals in AI and robotics is to create artificial social intelligence.  I will discuss in which respects this is a reasonable and responsible pursuit.  Taking the perspective of ‘robophilosophy’, a new area of experimental and interdisciplinary philosophical research, I argue that there are certain forms of artificial social intelligence that are ethically problematic while others are not. For this purpose I introduce a descriptive framework (the Ontology of Asymmetric Social Interactions) in terms of which the capacities of an artificial ‘social’ agent can be characterized sufficiently precisely so as to interface the technological, scientific, and philosophical idioms relevant for the debate about responsible AI.