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AI and Human Control

Time Friday 21 January, 2022 at 12:15 - 13:00
Place Online via Zoom

With the expanded reach of Artificial Intelligence (AI) comes also the increased demand for human control. Maintaining effective control over such systems remains a challenge and has sparked a global effort to promote socio-technical solutions including governance and control frameworks. In this talk, I discuss the idea of human control, and how the development of systems with variable autonomy, a conceptual framework, can provide the means of ensuring meaningful human control by satisfying core values advocated in AI governance documents. I further discuss how transparency can be achieved in the context of Multi-Agent Systems, where social interactions between agents result in the emergence of behavior that appears obscure to the outside observer, also limiting the ability to maintain meaningful control. I showcase active research, using video games, to demonstrate how combining behavior-based and logic-based AI methods can prompt individual agents to reactively orient their priorities away from selfish goals to enhance performance as well as to ensure transparency and, consequently, human control.

Event type: Lecture

Leila Methnani, master student at Master's Programme in Artificial Intelligence, Umeå University.