Regulating the Singularity

Event Name Regulating the Singularity
Start Date 27th May 2014 5:00pm
End Date 27th May 2014 6:00pm
Duration 1 hour

Open to all.

Speaker: Dr Joanna Bryson (Reader in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath)

The Singularity has moved from a fringe concern of science fiction buffs to a topic of academic discourse and Hollywood films.  The idea is that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will become self-improving and accelerate change to such a degree that it will exceed the rate of human foresight and governance.  While there is no doubt that some of these concerns are fuelled by fideistic tendencies, they draw useful attention to the problems of the radical–almost inconceivable–accelerating rate of social change technology is facilitating.

This talk begins by defining and describing intelligence from both a computational and a biological perspective, then gives an overview of what is known about the dynamics of increasingly plastic systems.  We will then enter a discussion of what we can do to improve regulation of the new socio-technical systems we are creating.  Topics will include providing and communicating useful models or abstractions to the general population, legislators and/or policy makers, and the UK EPSRC's Principles of Robotics – possibly the only national-level general-purpose AI ethics policy statement, although presently completely non-binding.