Derek Leben is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown. He received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, and his research has focused on the intersection between human and machine reasoning, especially in the domain of moral judgments. In his book, Ethics for Robots (Routledge, 2018), Dr. Leben defends a social contract approach for designing autonomous systems in the fields of transportation, healthcare, and military applications. As founder of the consulting group Ethical Algorithms, Dr. Leben has worked with governments and companies to implement AI ethics principles into policies, and develop industry standards for fairness, responsibility, and net benefit in AI systems.
Education & Training
BA, University of California Santa Cruz
MA, Johns Hopkins University
PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Ethics of AI and Autonomous Systems
Philosophy and Cognitive Science
April 15th, 2021 | 1 hr 14 mins
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In this episode, I speak with Dr. Derek Leben about his recent Philosophy Now article, Pascal’s Artificial Intelligence Wager. We talk about Pascal's wager applied to AI, the control problem, consciousness, our ability to control the course of AI development, and the meaning that grounds moral realism.