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Ethics in AI

Over the last decade, concerns about the power and danger of Artificial Intelligence have moved from the fantasy of “Terminator” to reality, and anxieties about killer robots have been joined by many others that are more immediate. Robotic systems threaten a massive disruption of employment and transport, while algorithms fuelled by machine learning on (potentially biased) “big data” increasingly play a role in life-changing decisions, whether financial, legal, or medical. More subtly, AI combines with social media to give huge potential for the manipulation of opinion and behaviour, whether to sell a product, influence financial markets, provoke divisive factionalism, or fix an election. All of this raises huge ethical questions, some fairly familiar (e.g. concerning privacy, information security, appropriate rules of automated behaviour) but many quite new (e.g. concerning algorithmic bias, transparency, and wider impacts). It is in this context that Oxford is creating an Institute for AI Ethics, to open up a broad conversation between the University’s researchers and students in the many related disciplines, including Philosophy, Computer Science, Engineering, Social Science, and Medicine (amongst others).
The Ethics in AI seminars are intended to facilitate this broad conversation, exploring ethical questions in AI in a truly interdisciplinary way that brings together students and leading experts from around the University.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 3f. Values and AI: view from public policy Jo Wolff and Vafa Ghazavi, Blavatnik School of Government, gives the sixth and final talk in the third Ethics in AI seminar, held on February 10th 2020. Jo Wolff, Vafa Ghazavi 10 Feb 2020
2 3e. AI and business Alan Morrison, Saïd Business School, gives the fifth talk in the third Ethics in AI seminar, held on February 10th 2020. Alan Morrison 10 Feb 2020
3 3d. AI and finance Nir Vulkan, Saïd Business School, gives the fourth talk in the third Ethics in AI seminar, held on February 10th 2020. Nir Vulkan 10 Feb 2020
4 3c. Population health and AI: efficiency, accuracy and trust Angeliki Kerasidou, Ethox Centre, gives the third talk in the third Ethics in AI seminar, held on February 10th 2020. Angeliki Kerasidou 10 Feb 2020
5 3b. AI in healthcare Claire Bloomfield, National Consortium of Intelligent Medical Imaging, gives the second talk in the third Ethics in AI seminar, held on February 10th 2020. Claire Bloomfield 10 Feb 2020
6 3a. Rethinking ethics and humanities for the 21st Century Mike Parker, Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities gives the first talk in the third Ethics in AI seminar, held on February 10th 2020. Mike Parker 10 Feb 2020
7 2e. Artificial Intelligence and the news Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, gives the fifth talk in the second Ethics in AI seminar, held on January 27th 2020 (postponed from December 2nd 2019). Rasmus Kleis Nielsen 27 Jan 2020
8 2d. Computational propaganda Video Narayanan, Oxford Internet Institute, Video Narayanan 27 Jan 2020
9 2c. Use, users and the social context for AI Gina Neff, Oxford Internet Institute, gives the third talk in the second Ethics in AI seminar, held on January 27th 2020 (postponed from December 2nd 2019). Gina Neff 27 Jan 2020
10 2b. Capital, labour and power in the age of automation Carl Benedikt Frey gives the second talk in the second Ethics in AI seminar, held on January 27th 2020 (postponed from December 2nd 2019). Carl Benedikt Frey 27 Jan 2020
11 2a. AI Governance and Ethics  Allan Dafoe and Carina Prunkl, Future of Humanity Institute, Faculty of Philosophy give the first talk in the second Ethics in AI seminar, held on January 27th 2020 (postponed from December 2nd 2019). Allan Dafoe, Carina Prunkl 27 Jan 2020
12 A discussion of ethical challenges posed by AI, involving experts from fields across Oxford - Seminar 1 An introduction by Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt; The place of Ethics in AI, AI Ethics and legal regulation, Ethics of AI in healthcare Tom Douglas, Carissa Véliz, Vicki Nash, Sandra Wachter 20 Jan 2020
13 1h. Ethics of AI in healthcare Jess Morley, Oxford Internet Institute, gives the eigth talk in the first Ethics in AI seminar, held on November 11th 2019. Jess Morley 11 Nov 2019
14 1g. Ethics and AI at the Oxford Big Data Institute Gil McVean, Big Data Institute, gives the seventh talk in the first Ethics in AI seminar, held on November 11th 2019. Gil McVean 11 Nov 2019
15 1f. Re-uniting ethics and the law for AI Brent Mittelstadt, Oxford Internet Institute, gives the sixth talk in the first Ethics in AI seminar, held on November 11th 2019. Brent Mittelstadt 11 Nov 2019
16 1e. When AI disrupts the law Sandra Wachter, Oxford Internet Institute, gives the fifth talk in the first Ethics in AI seminar, held on November 11th 2019. Sandra Wachter 11 Nov 2019
17 1d. AI ethics and legal regulation Vicki Nash, Oxford Internet Institute gives the fourth talk in the first Ethics in AI seminar, held on November 11th 2019. Vicki Nash 11 Nov 2019
18 1c. AI-ethics research at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Faculty of Philosophy Tom Douglas, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Faculty of Philosophy gives the third talk in the first Ethics in AI seminar, held on November 11th 2019. Tom Douglas 11 Nov 2019
19 1b. The place of philosophy in the ethics of AI Carissa Véliz, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, gives the second talk in the first Ethics in AI seminar, held on November 11th 2019. Carissa Véliz 11 Nov 2019
20 1a. Background and Aims of the Institute for Ethics in AI  Nigel Shadbolt, Principal of Jesus College, Department of Computer Science, gives the first talk in the first Ethics in AI seminar, held on November 11th 2019. Nigel Shadbolt 11 Nov 2019