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Value Sensitive Design and the Future of Value Alignment in AI

Hosted by Connor Wright & Montreal AI Ethics Institute
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There is ample discussion of the risks, benefits, and impacts of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Although the exact effects of AI on society are neither clear nor certain, AI is doubtlessly having a profound effect on overall human development and progress, and it will continue to do so in the future. An important line of work in AI and ethics seeks to identify the values or norms that AI ought to be aligned with.

However, it is far from clear how appropriate targets for alignment would look like and how they could be identified in light of persistent philosophical challenges about the nature and epistemic accessibility of values. Value sensitive design (VSD) is a prominent and influential approach to ethical design that pre-dates current concerns with the alignment of AI. VSD has been applied to specific technologies such as energy systems, mobile phone usage, architecture projects, manufacturing, and augmented reality systems, to name a few. VSD has also been proposed as a suitable design framework for technologies emerging in the near- and long-term future. VSD might be a practical methodology to tackle the problem of value alignment for AI.

This online roundtable discussion aims to discuss whether and how VSD can advance AI ethics in theory and practice. We expect a large audience of AI ethics practitioners and researchers. We will discuss the promises, challenges, and potential of VSD as a methodology for AI ethics and value alignment specifically.

Geert-Jan Houben (Pro Vice-Rector Magnificus Artificial Intelligence, Data and Digitalisation, TU Delft will be giving opening remarks.

Jeroen van den Hoven: Professor of Ethics and Philosophy of Technology, TU Delft will act as moderator.

The panellists are as follows:

Idoia Salazar: President & co-founder of OdiselAI and Expert in European Parliament’s Artificial Intelligence Observatory.

                 Marianna Ganapini PhD: Faculty Director, Montreal AI Ethics Institute, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Union College.

Brian Christian: Journalist, UC Berkeley Science Communicator in Residence, NYT best-selling author of ‘Value Alignment’, Finalist LA Times Best Science & Technology Book.

                 Batya Friedman: Professor in the Information School, University of Washington, inventor and leading proponent of VSD.

This event is jointly host by:

The Montreal AI Ethics Institute

The Montreal AI Ethics Institute is an international non-profit organization striving to democratize AI literacy through equipping citizens concerned with AI to take action.

The Delft Design for Values Institute

The Delft Design for Values Institute is a portal and booster for Design for Values research, education, outreach and co-creation at Delft University of Technology.