Bridging the Gap: the case for an Incompletely Theorized Agreement on AI policy

by   Charlotte Stix, et al.

Recent progress in artificial intelligence (AI) raises a wide array of ethical and societal concerns. Accordingly, an appropriate policy approach is needed today. While there has been a wave of scholarship in this field, the research community at times appears divided amongst those who emphasize near-term concerns, and those focusing on long-term concerns and corresponding policy measures. In this paper, we seek to map and critically examine this alleged gulf, with a view to understanding the practical space for inter-community collaboration on AI policy. This culminates in a proposal to make use of the legal notion of an incompletely theorized agreement. We propose that on certain issue areas, scholars working with near-term and long-term perspectives can converge and cooperate on selected mutually beneficial AI policy projects all the while maintaining divergent perspectives.




Beyond Near- and Long-Term: Towards a Clearer Account of Research Priorities in AI Ethics and Society

One way of carving up the broad "AI ethics and society" research space t...

Long-Term Trends in the Public Perception of Artificial Intelligence

Analyses of text corpora over time can reveal trends in beliefs, interes...

Ethical Implementation of Artificial Intelligence to Select Embryos in In Vitro Fertilization

AI has the potential to revolutionize many areas of healthcare. Radiolog...

A Legal Definition of AI

When policy makers want to regulate AI, they must first define what AI i...

Defining AI in Policy versus Practice

Recent concern about harms of information technologies motivate consider...

On Quantifying and Understanding the Role of Ethics in AI Research: A Historical Account of Flagship Conferences and Journals

Recent developments in AI, Machine Learning and Robotics have raised con...

Learnings from Frontier Development Lab and SpaceML – AI Accelerators for NASA and ESA

Research with AI and ML technologies lives in a variety of settings with...
This week in AI

Get the week's most popular data science and artificial intelligence research sent straight to your inbox every Saturday.