Minding the Gap: Between Fairness and Ethics
Igor Rubinov · Risi Kondor · Jack Poulson · Manfred K. Warmuth · Emanuel Moss · Alexa Hagerty

Fri Dec 13th 08:00 AM -- 06:00 PM @ East Meeting Rooms 8 + 15
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When researchers and practitioners, as well as policy makers and the public, discuss the impacts of deep learning systems, they draw upon multiple conceptual frames that do not sit easily beside each other. Questions of algorithmic fairness arise from a set of concerns that are similar, but not identical, to those that circulate around AI safety, which in turn overlap with, but are distinct from, the questions that motivate work on AI ethics, and so on. Robust bodies of research on privacy, security, transparency, accountability, interpretability, explainability, and opacity are also incorporated into each of these frames and conversations in variable ways. These frames reveal gaps that persist across both highly technical and socially embedded approaches, and yet collaboration across these gaps has proven challenging.

Fairness, Ethics, and Safety in AI each draw upon different disciplinary prerogatives, variously centering applied mathematics, analytic philosophy, behavioral sciences, legal studies, and the social sciences in ways that make conversation between these frames fraught with misunderstandings. These misunderstandings arise from a high degree of linguistic slippage between different frames, and reveal the epistemic fractures that undermine valuable synergy and productive collaboration. This workshop focuses on ways to translate between these ongoing efforts and bring them into necessary conversation in order to understand the profound impacts of algorithmic systems in society.

08:00 AM Opening Remarks (Talk) Jack Poulson, Manfred K. Warmuth
08:15 AM Invited Talk (Talk) Yoshua Bengio
08:45 AM Approaches to Understanding AI (Discussion Panel) Yoshua Bengio, Roel Dobbe, Madeleine Elish, Joshua Kroll, Jacob Metcalf, Jack Poulson
09:45 AM Spectrogram (Activity) Emanuel Moss
10:00 AM Coffee Break (Break)
10:30 AM Detecting and Documenting AI Impacts (Discussion Panel) Fitzroy Christian, Alexa Hagerty, Fabian Rogers, Friederike Schuur, Jacob Snow, Madeleine Elish
11:30 AM Responsibilities (Discussion Panel) Been Kim, Liz O'Sullivan, Friederike Schuur, Andrew Smart, Jacob Metcalf
12:30 PM Lunch (Lunch Break)
02:00 PM A Conversation with Meredith Whittaker (Interview) Mona Sloane, Meredith Whittaker
02:45 PM Global implications (Discussion Panel) Eirini Malliaraki, Jack Poulson, Vinod Prabhakaran, Mona Sloane, Alexa Hagerty
03:45 PM Coffee Break (Break)
04:30 PM Solutions (Discussion Panel) Fitzroy Christian, Lily Hu, Risi Kondor, Brandeis Marshall, Fabian Rogers, Friederike Schuur, Emanuel Moss

Author Information

Igor Rubinov (Dovetail Labs)
Risi Kondor (U. Chicago)
Jack Poulson (Tech Inquiry)
Manfred K. Warmuth (Google Brain)
Emanuel Moss (CUNY Graduate Center | Data & Society)
Alexa Hagerty (University of Cambridge; Dovetail Labs)

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