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S10E06: Robots with Morals // Nell Watson

Nell Watson

In our interview with Nell Watson, we discuss a future with moral artificial intelligences and how this might assist human personal development.

Interview with Nell Watson, Non-resident Senior Fellow at Atlantic Council, AI Faculty member at Singularity University and AI Ethics Engineer at IEEE Standards Association. You can follow her on Twitter: https://bit.ly/3r5ybdp or LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/3g62udL

Nell is a Machine Intelligence researcher who helped pioneer Deep Machine Vision at her company QuantaCorp, which enables fast and accurate body measurement from just two photos. In sharing her knowledge as AI Faculty at Singularity University and author of Machine Intelligence courseware for O’Reilly Media, she realised the importance of protecting human rights and putting ethics, safety, and the values of the human spirit into A.I. Nell serves as Chair & Vice-Chair respectively of the IEEE’s ECPAIS Transparency Experts Focus Group, and P7001 Transparency of Autonomous Systems committee on AI Ethics & Safety, engineering credit score-like mechanisms to safeguard algorithmic trust. She also chairs EthicsNet.org, a community teaching pro-social behaviours to machines, CulturalPeace.org, crafting Geneva Conventions-style rules for cultural conflict, EDCsymbol.org, informing consumers of endocrine disruptors, and Pacha.org, connecting a network of service providers to help enable the automated accounting of externalities (shifted costs) such as pollution. Nell serves as Senior Scientific Advisor to The Future Society at Harvard and holds Fellowships from the British Computing Society and Royal Statistical Society. Her public speaking has inspired audiences to work towards a brighter future at venues such as The World Bank, The United Nations General Assembly, and The Royal Society.

Even though there is potential for robots and AI to be infused with our daily lives, Nell highlighted both the positives and downsides of doing so. Firstly, human connection and communication have decreased in our current society, which is still being affected by the pandemic. AI could offer a source of conversation and well-being. However, training AI to be perfect could make us lose the idea of what it means to be an “imperfect” human.

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