Dr. David Danks is one of the world’s premier ethicists in the area of artificial intelligence and the Department Head & LL Thurston Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University.
David has examined the relations of trust and identity as they are affected by technologies like self-driving vehicles, autonomous weapon systems, and autonomous cyber-systems.
This interview covers the key ethical considerations for designing driverless cars and drones, how to apply AI ethics across your company, and lessons from the 2019 United Nations AI for Good Summit.
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Meet Dr. David Danks, one of the world’s premier ethicists in the area of artificial intelligence and the Department Head and LL Thurston Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. On any given day at CMU you’ll find him teaching a broad array of courses ranging from Probability & Artificial Intelligence to Nietzsche. His research largely falls at the intersection of philosophy, cognitive science, and machine learning, using ideas and frameworks from each to inform the others.
He is the author of numerous books, journal articles, and scholarly papers including, Unifying the Mind: Cognitive Representations as Graphical Models. In this book, Dr. Danks proposes a novel cognitive architecture that can partially explain two aspects of human cognition: its relatively integrated nature and our effortless ability to focus on the relevant factors in any particular situation.
He is currently a Presiding Judge for the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE competition, on the Editorial Board for Mind & Machines, External Member of the Salesforce Ethical Use Advisory Council, and Co-Organizer of the Workshop on AI Arms Control sponsored by CIFAR. In addition, he is a Board Member and Co-founder of the Partnership to Advance Responsible Technology.AI, based in Pittsburgh.