Tuesday, December 29th, 2020

The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values

Over the last five years, the field of machine learning has experienced incredibly rapid growth, and with that growth have come increasing concerns about potential harms, both present and near future. High-profile successes have alternated with equally high-profile failures and controversies, and questions of ethics and safety have shifted from being somewhat taboo to constituting one of the central topics of the field. Out of this has come something of a movement: a vibrant, multifaceted, interdisciplinary effort producing some of the most exciting research happening today. In this recent presentation, Simons Institute Scientific Communicator in Residence Brian Christian, author of the acclaimed best sellers The Most Human Human and Algorithms to Live By, surveyed this landscape of recent progress and the frontier of open questions that remain.