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IDSAI Seminar: Dr Edmond Awad - The Moral Machine Experiment

Open to University of Exeter staff and students

An Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence seminar
Date22 April 2020
Time15:00 to 16:00
Placehttps://zoom.us/j/97261811377

Watch the recording of Dr Eddie Awad's seminar here: https://universityofexeteruk.sharepoint.com/:v:/s/IDSAI/EXSj1N4TeepPmIO8hMR0ue0BysSlhHxOQunWYR03k0RVBQ?e=ebn9qh

Edmond Awad is a Lecturer in the University of Exeter's Business School, Department of Economics. Edmond’s research interests are in the areas of Ethics of AI, Computational Social Science and Multi-agent Systems.

Before joining Exeter, Edmond was a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT Media Lab (2017-2019). In 2016, Edmond led the design and development of Moral Machine, a website that gathers human decisions on moral dilemmas faced by driverless cars. The website has been visited by over 4 million users, who contributed their judgements on 60 million dilemmas. Another website that Edmond co-created, called MyGoodness, collected judgements over 1 million charity dilemmas. Edmond’s work appeared in major academic journals, including Nature and Nature Human Behaviour, and it has been covered in major media outlets including The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and El Pais.

Edmond has a bachelor degree (2007) in Informatics Engineering from Tishreen University (Syria), a master’s degree (2011) in Computing and Information Science and a PhD (2015) in Argumentation and Multi-agent systems from Masdar Institute (now Khalifa University; UAE), and a master’s degree (2017) in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT.

 


Abstract

I describe the Moral Machine, an internet-based serious game exploring the many-dimensional ethical dilemmas faced by autonomous vehicles. The game enabled us to gather 40 million decisions from 3 million people in 200 countries/territories. I report the various preferences estimated from this data, and document interpersonal differences in the strength of these preferences. I also report cross-cultural ethical variation and uncover major clusters of countries exhibiting substantial differences along key moral preferences. These differences correlate with modern institutions, but also with deep cultural traits. I discuss how these three layers of preferences can help progress toward global, harmonious, and socially acceptable principles for machine ethics. Finally, I describe other follow up work that build on this project.

 

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