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Workshop: AI meets Moral Philosophy and Moral Psychology: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue about Computational Ethics

#12: Concept Alignment

Sunayana Rane · Polyphony J. Bruna · Ilia Sucholutsky · Christopher T Kello · Tom Griffiths

Keywords: [ human-ai alignment ] [ concept alignment ]

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Fri 15 Dec 7:50 a.m. PST — 8:50 a.m. PST


Discussion of AI alignment (alignment between humans and AI systems) has focused on value alignment, broadly referring to creating AI systems that share human values. We argue that before we can even attempt to align values, it is imperative that AI systems and humans align the concepts they use to understand the world. We integrate ideas from philosophy, cognitive science, and deep learning to explain the need for concept alignment, not just value alignment, between humans and machines. We summarize existing accounts of how humans and machines currently learn concepts, and we outline opportunities and challenges in the path towards shared concepts. Finally, we explain how we can leverage the tools already being developed in cognitive science and AI research to accelerate progress towards concept alignment.

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