The Moral AI and How We Get There ​
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke University)

June 26, 2024, 3:00am - 5:00am

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Dear All,

Following the 10th rTAIM Online Seminar (available here:, we are happy to announce the 11th rTAIM Online Seminar with the participation of Professor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke University, USA), on the 26th June 2024, 15h-16h30 Lisbon Time Zone, via Zoom.

Title: The Moral AI and How We Get There 

Abstract: Artificial intelligence (AI) is beginning to be used for many life-changing decisions in medicine. Critics object that using AI in these areas is too likely to lead to harm, unfairness, and other moral wrongs. In response, I will argue that these decisions can be made safer and more ethical by building human moral values into the AI decisionmaker. But how can we do that? I will discuss problems for some proposed ways to build morality into AI from the top down and from the bottom up. Then I will explain our lab’s novel hybrid alternative, which surveys human moral judgments and then corrects for ignorance, confusion, and partiality. Because our approach is based on idealized observer theories in ethics, it minimizes substantive assumptions about what is morally right or wrong, and it can be used in a wide variety of contexts. I will report initial empirical results using our method and discuss potential applications to kidney allocation and dementia.

Short bio: Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. His most recent book is Moral AI and How We Can Get There, with Jana Schaich Borg and Vincent Conitzer in 2024.



Meeting ID: 984 1519 6784

Passcode: 765321

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We are also happy to announce that the Call for Abstract for the 3rd International Conference on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence that will happen in the São Miguel Islands in the Azores (Portugal), between 19-25 September 2024 (online and in-person), is OPEN for submissions (notifications of acceptance/rejectance) are given in 7-10 days). You can find the information related to the 3ICEAI here:



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