Director, Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative, Harvard / MIT
Tim Hwang is Director of the Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative, a philanthropic project working to ensure that machine learning and autonomous technologies are researched, developed, and deployed in the public interest. Previously, he worked at Google, where he was the company’s global public policy lead on artificial intelligence, leading outreach to government and civil society on issues surrounding the social impact of the technology. Dubbed “The Busiest Man on the Internet” by Forbes Magazine, his current research focuses on the geopolitical aspects of computational power and machine learning hardware, and the strategy of modern information warfare.
This panel will address the challenges, risks, and opportunities posed by AI technologies. Will AI-driven systems fundamentally change our current way of life? Delving further into the debate, we will discuss the question of AI accountability. How might we ensure transparency of factors leading to AI-generated decisions. Rather than only focusing on negatives, how can we use AI to our advantage?
With the advertising industry fuelling platforms and services online, the way people consume information has changed fundamentally. Information we intentionally seek out is only part of our daily information diet. News items, products, entertainment, and opinions we are “fed” today are increasingly selected and calibrated according to our personal preferences and what we are likely to engage with, buy and approve of. Algorithms, as they are currently used on social media platforms, have shown a tendency to polarise and to reflect or even exacerbate pre-existing biases in society. So who should make the decision about what comes to our attention? And what are the criteria that should guide such decisions? How do we walk the line between truth commissions and the principle of free speech?