Risk and responsibility online talk
Date: 28 April 2023 || Time: 11:00 CEST (e.g., Vienna, Amsterdam, Berlin)
Sven Nyholm (Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München) presents "AI and the Risk of Undermining Human Responsibility for Good and Bad Outcomes"
How to attend (Zoom link)
Meeting ID: 680 2527 9259 | Passcode: 934153
In my presentation, I will discuss a significant risk related to letting artificial intelligence (AI) take over tasks we otherwise perform ourselves, using our natural intelligence. The risk is that this can disrupt or undermine human responsibility in important ways. This idea – sometimes called the problem of responsibility gaps – is usually discussed in relation to blame for bad outcomes (e.g., crashing self-driving cars or out-of-control military robots). However, I will argue that we should also consider the issue of praise for good outcomes. A risk related to handing over tasks normally requiring human intelligence to AI technologies is that this can create gaps with respect to opportunities for human beings to display talent, effort, sensitivity to reasons, and other things that make people worthy of recognition or praise. I will argue that such “positive responsibility gaps” are harder to fill than negative gaps related to blame for bad outcomes. This relates to important differences in widely accepted criteria for deserving praise for good outcomes, on the one hand, and criteria for deserving blame for bad outcomes, on the other. I will illustrate this asymmetry by focusing on generative AI (such as large language models) as a case study.
Organizer: Stearns Broadhead. Responsibility for Risks: Theory and Practice, an Austrian Science Fund-financed research project (project number P 31527) at the University of Graz — Institute of Philosophy
Risk and responsibility workshop
Date: 18 & 19 February 2021 || Time: 10:00 - 13:00 CET
Location: Online via Zoom
This workshop brings together philosophers thinking about the interplay between risk and moral responsibility. The respective topics of risk and moral responsibility have distinct histories. There is, however, overlap between the topics. Some contemporary discussions of risk include at least minimal accounts of moral responsibility. Conversely, some contemporary accounts of moral responsibility address and attend to risks. Over the course of two days, presenters will address the connections between risk and moral responsibility from different philosophical perspectives (e.g., ethics, political philosophy, applied ethics) and different aspects of the relationship between risk and responsibility (e.g., control, COVID-19 pandemic, precarious employment).
Ibo van de Poel (TU Delft)
Jessica Nihlén Fahlquist (Uppsala University)
Madeleine Hayenhjelm (Umeå University)
Sven Ove Hansson (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
Maria Paola Ferretti (Goethe University Frankfurt)
Organizer: Stearns Broadhead & Adriana Placani. Responsibility for Risks: Theory and Practice, an Austrian Science Fund-financed research project (project number P 31527) at the University of Graz — Institute of Philosophy