Open lecture by Alexei Grinbaum “The Ethical Value of Chance for Autonomous Systems”
Domestic robots become informers, conversational agents insult their interlocutors. Worse still, computer systems participate in human conflicts and sometimes even provoke them. On March 18, 2018, an autonomous Uber car killed a woman crossing the street in a city in Arizona. This was the first pedestrian death caused by an algorithm.
Who is responsible? The answer to this question is one of the most urgent challenges in our relationship to digital technologies. But the question is not how to make artificial intelligence benevolent. The crux of the matter is to make sure that it does not replace man as a moral agent. Only recourse to chance (randomness) can free the machine of the responsibility that one wants to attribute to it.
Alexei Grinbaum is a physicist and philosopher. Researcher at CEA (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique) Saclay (Paris), he is a specialist in the foundations of quantum mechanics. In parallel with his own research, he works on the ethical issues raised by new technologies.