"Machine Learning, Social Learning and Self-Driving Cars"
by Dr. Jack Stilgoe (University College London, UK)
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM, Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Location: Petroleum Hall, Green Center
Dr. Jack Stilgoe is senior lecturer at the department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London. His teaching and research interests are in science and innovation policy and the governance of emerging technologies. Among other publications, he is the author of Experiment Earth: Responsible Innovation in Geoengineering (Routledge, 2015)
Abstract Self-driving cars, a quintessentially ‘smart’ technology, are not born smart. In the algorithms that control their movements and the connections they make with their surroundings, they are learning as they emerge, in organised and haphazard ways. As well as a test of the powers of machine learning, they are an important test case for social learning in technology governance. In this talk, I reframe responsible innovation as social experiment, with the key question being ‘who learns what?’ Focussing on the successes and failures of social learning around a much-publicised crash in 2016, I argue that ‘self-driving’ or ‘autonomous’ cars are misnamed. As with other technologies, they are shaped by assumptions about social needs, solvable problems and economic opportunities. Responsible innovation for self-driving cars means challenging this discourse of autonomy and appreciating the ways in which selfdriving cars will be entangled in their environments.
IDEAS Forum 2016
"How to Work with Righteous Minds"
New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Haidt
Time: October 19, 5:30 PM
Location: Bunker Auditorium, Green Center
This event is partially supported by the Ethics Across Campus (EAC) Program