On August 6th and 9th, 1945, the United States dropped nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. To this day, these remain the only uses of nuclear weapons in armed conflict. As we mark the 75th anniversary of the bombings this month, scientists are speaking up against the US administration’s interest in restarting nuclear testing. Watch here.
Scientists have come together to speak out against breaking the nuclear test moratorium in an open letter published in Science magazine. Read here.
From a young age, humans are capable of developing moral competency and autonomy through experience. We begin life by constructing sophisticated moral representations of the world that allow for us to successfully navigate our way through complex social situations with sensitivity to morally relevant information and variables. This capacity for moral learning allows us to solve open-ended problems with other persons who may hold complex beliefs and preferences. As AI systems become increasingly autonomous and active in social situations involving human and non-human agents, AI moral competency via the capacity for moral learning will become more and more critical. On this episode of the AI Alignment Podcast, Peter Railton joins us to discuss the potential role of moral learning and moral epistemology in AI systems, as well as his views on metaethics. Listen here.