Unanimous AI and MIT to Explore AI Morality at SXSW

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Unanimous AI and MIT Moral Machine Lab to explore the ethical decisions of Self-Driving Cars, live at sold-out SXSW event on Saturday, March 10th

Unanimous AI is a Silicon Valley company that has pioneered Swarm AI® technology, a new form of AI that combines real-time human insights and AI algorithms modeled after natural swarms.

There’s no issue more important than building ethical behaviors into artificial intelligent systems.

What should an artificial intelligence do when faced with an ethical dilemma? This is a key question faced by AI researchers around the globe. Ideally, the AI will make decisions that represent the values of the human population it serves. Known to as “value alignment,” this premise sounds simple, but is very difficult to solve, as it’s unclear how to determine the moral sensibilities of any human population.

Enter the MIT Moral Machine – a project aimed at capturing the ethical views of human drivers with the goal of building those ethical views into self-driving cars. To date the Moral Machine has captured millions of responses from more than 160 countries, using traditional surveys to solicit input. But, while polls reveal the most popular opinion within a group, they don’t necessarily find the optimal solution that maximizes the ethical sensibilities across the population. That’s where Unanimous AI comes in.    

Swarm AI technology from Unanimous enables networked groups to think together as a “Hive Mind” and converge on optimal solutions to challenging problems. Swarm AI’s ability to harness the thoughts and feelings of groups was on display this past weekend, when a group of 40 movie fans, thinking together as swarm intelligence, predicted the Oscars with a remarkable 94% accuracy, outperforming industry experts from the LA Times, Variety and even large scale betting markets.    

Can swarm technology help solve the “value alignment” problem for AI systems? That’s what researchers at Unanimous and MIT want to know. On Saturday, March 10th, Unanimous will present a series of the MIT Moral Machine’s complex moral scenarios to a live swarm composed of SXSW attendees during their sold-out workshop Let’s Predict the Future as a Hive Mind at the JW Marriott in downtown Austin.

“There’s no issue more important than building ethical behaviors into artificial intelligent systems,” says Dr. Louis Rosenberg, CEO of Unanimous AI. “This live event at SXSW will help draw attention to the challenge, and with the help of the MIT Moral Machine, may point us towards improved solutions.”

"Of course, we are deeply aware that taking ethical decisions is fundamentally different from predicting factual events,” said Edmond Awad of the MIT Media Lab. “Nevertheless, we are interested in seeing what kinds of decisions this kind of swarm intelligence can produce."

Tickets for the workshop are currently sold-out, but a limited number of press passes are still available. Contact Elaina Boudreau for details.

About Unanimous AI
Unanimous AI is a Silicon Valley company that has pioneered Swarm AI® technology, a new form of AI that combines real-time human insights and AI algorithms modeled after natural swarms. Unanimous has generated an impressive track record of predictions, forecasts and insights. The company’s technology has outperformed traditional AI systems and human experts in many high-profile challenges.

Unanimous works with corporate clients and leading organizations through its Swarm Insight® business intelligence service. Swarm Insight helps clients amplify the intelligence of consumer groups as well as amplify the intelligence of business teams to help make better decisions.

Swarm AI was recognized among D/SRUPTION’s 5 Biggest AI Advancements of 2017 and among the Top 10 Tech Trends Transforming Humanity by Peter Diamandis. For more about Unanimous A.I., visit http://unanimous.ai

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