AAAI 2018 Spring Symposium on AI and Society: Ethics, Safety and Trustworthiness in Intelligent Agents

 March 26-28 2018, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California

Artificial Intelligence has become a major player in today’s society and that has inevitably generated a proliferation of thoughts and sentiments on several of the  related issues. Many, for example, have felt the need to voice, in different ways and through different channels, their concerns on: possible undesirable outcomes caused by artificial agents, the morality of their use in specific sectors, such as the military, and the impact they will have on the labor market. The goal of this symposium is to gather a diverse group of researchers from many disciplines and to ignite a scientific discussion on this topic. In addition to AI researchers, we envision attracting the interest, for example, of philosophers, economists and sociologists.

The symposium will welcome contributions on a broad set of topics related to ethics, safety and trustworthiness of AI.  Our focus will be to adopt a scientific approach to help understanding and put in perspective the multitude of opinions which have been expressed on these matters. We encourage submissions from different disciplines and with different perspectives. Submissions may focus on specific and technical details or bring a more general point of view on the desiderata for AI in terms of society. We also welcome papers describing both short-term as well as long-term analysis of AI’s impact on different aspects of society.


Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

   Architectures for ensuring ethical behavior

   Value alignment in autonomous systems

   Safety and trustworthiness in artificial agents’ design

   Moral decision making in autonomous systems

   The impact of AI on jobs and issues like technological unemployment

   Autonomous agents in the military

   Autonomous agents in commerce and other domains

   The societal impacts of AI

   Measuring progress in AI

   The future of AI


The workshop will include invited talks, presentations of accepted papers, group work sessions and panels.