Artificial Intelligence

AI Alignment and Human Normativity

Friday, January 12, 2018, 11:00am - 12:00pm PDTiCal
11th floor large conference room
This event is open to the public.
AI Seminar
Gillian Hadfield

As AI systems grow more powerful, frequently built using techniques that can generate unexpected behavior such as reinforcement learning, it becomes a major challenge to ensure that AI agents do what humans want them to do. In this talk I look at this challenge through the lens of the social science of human normative systems: the systems on which humans rely to solve the parallel challenge of ensuring that human agents behave the way other humans (in their community, workplace, physical environment etc.) want them to.  These are our systems of laws and norms. I’ll discuss the need to build AI systems that can learn and respond to human normative environments. But what would it mean for AIs to follow human laws and norms? Human normativity is highly variable and contextual and little of it can be coded. In this talk, I’ll explore how the law and economics of incomplete contracting can provide guidance on strategies to tackle this problem and discuss how building more predictive models of human normative interaction can inform the development of AI research programs.

Gillian K. Hadfield is the Kirtland professor of law and professor of economics at the University of Southern California. She studies the design of legal and dispute resolution systems; the nature of normative systems; contracting; and the performance and regulation of legal markets and the legal profession.  She is currently working on a variety of research projects related to the alignment of artificial intelligence with human normative systems. Her book, Rules for a Flat World:  Why Humans Invented Law and How to Reinvent It for a Complex Global Economy was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. 

Professor Hadfield holds a B.A.H. from Queen’s University, a J.D. from Stanford Law School and Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Columbia, Chicago, and NYU law schools, a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Technology, Values, and Policy. 

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