making new knowledge
Humanising machine intelligence is impossible without new knowledge. There are substantial theoretical challenges to overcome, and unanswered questions to resolve.
To design more ethical machine intelligence we must make substantial advances in fundamental AI and machine learning research. World-leading expertise in these fields is essential.
But this is not enough on its own. Making machines that realise social justice and collective benefit (rather than undermining them) requires understanding the social impacts of technological change. Social science is necessary too.
And we can’t deliver moral machines unless we understand morality. Philosophers have studied ethics—the science of right and wrong—for (at least) 2,500 years. Aiming to devise ethical AI without drawing on these millennia of research will lead at best to reinventing the wheel, at worst to predictable and serious error.
The key to progress is collaborative research between world-leading experts in all of these fields. That’s what the HMI project will deliver.