Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence

AI Pioneer Stuart Russell, photo: © ITU/R.Farrell
AI Pioneer Stuart Russell, photo: © ITU/R.Farrell
Speaker Name: 
Stuart Russell
Speaker Title: 
Professor of Computer Science
Speaker Organization: 
UC Berkeley
Start Time: 
Friday, November 30, 2018 - 9:40am
End Time: 
Friday, November 30, 2018 - 10:45am
Engineering 2 Simularium
Dr. David Haussler


I will briefly survey recent and expected developments in AI and their implications. Some are enormously positive, while others, such as the development of autonomous weapons and the replacement of humans in economic roles, may be negative. Beyond these, one must expect that AI capabilities will eventually exceed those of humans across a range of real-world-decision making scenarios. Should this be a cause for concern, as Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and others have suggested? And, if so, what can we do about it?  While some in the mainstream AI community dismiss the issue, I will argue that the problem is real and that the technical aspects of it are solvable if we replace current definitions of AI with a version based on provable benefit to humans.

Sponsored by:

UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute

Baskin School of Engineering

The Humanities Institute at UCSC

Sigma Xi




photo: © ITU/R.Farrell