In the latest ‘Talking Tuesday’, Liveryman Nicholas Beale and IT legend Dame Wendy Hall discussed the ‘unethical optimisation principle’

If AI tries to maximize profits there is evidently a risk that it will pick an unethical strategy in order to do so. A paper in Royal Society Open Science proved last year this was disproportionately likely, with the risk usually tending to 1 as the strategy space grew.

Nicholas and Dame Wendy led an interactive discussion in a group including the Master, several past Masters and a FTSE 100 Chair. As Information Technologists, we need to ensure that our technologies do not create ethical chaos, and a number of ways of approaching this were discussed.

The Master welcomed this re-launch of the Ethical & Spiritual Development Panel, addressing these and other important issues.