Artificial Intelligence Ethics and Governance

Question: How should machines behave?

This theme explores the psychological and social mechanisms that shape people’s trust in intelligent machines, how people react when this trust is breached, and how desirable machine behavior can be agreed-upon and enforced.

Principal Investigator(s)

Iyad Rahwan


Tamer Ajaj

Edmond Awad

Mahmoudreza Babaei

Clara Bersch

Mengchen Dong

Victor Klockmann

Nils Köbis

Anne-Marie Nussberger

Indrajeet Patil

Alicia von Schenck

Selected Papers

Alfonseca, M., Cebrian, M., Anta, A. F., Coviello, L., Abeliuk, A., & Rahwan, I. (2021). Superintelligence cannot be contained: Lessons from Computability Theory. Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, 70, 65-76.

Epstein, Z., Levine, S., Rand, D. G., & Rahwan, I. (2020). Who gets credit for AI-generated art? iScience, 23(9), Article 101515.

Awad, E., Dsouza, S., Bonnefon, J. F., Shariff, A., & Rahwan, I. (2020). Crowdsourcing moral machines. Communications of the ACM, 63(3), 48–55.

Köbis, N., & Mossink, L. D. (2020). Artificial intelligence versus Maya Angelou: Experimental evidence that people cannot differentiate AI-generated from human-written poetry. Computers in Human Behavior, 114, Article 106553.

Awad, E., Dsouza, S., Shariff, A., Rahwan, I., & Bonnefon, J.-F. (2020). Universals and variations in moral decisions made in 42 countries by 70,000 participants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(5), 2332-2337.

Awad, E., Levine, S., Kleiman-Weiner, M. et al. Drivers are blamed more than their automated cars when both make mistakes. Nat Hum Behav 4, 134–143 (2020).

Rahwan, I., Cebrian, M., Obradovich, N. et al. Machine behaviour. Nature 568, 477–486 (2019).

Awad, E., Dsouza, S., Kim, R. et al. The Moral Machine experiment. Nature 563, 59–64 (2018).

Rahwan, I. Society-in-the-loop: programming the algorithmic social contract. Ethics Inf Technol 20, 5–14 (2018).

Shariff, A., Bonnefon, J. & Rahwan, I. Psychological roadblocks to the adoption of self-driving vehicles. Nat Hum Behav 1, 694–696 (2017).

Bonnefon, J.-F., Shariff, A., & Rahwan, I. The social dilemma of autonomous vehicles. Science. 352(6293), 1573–1576 (2016). doi:10.1126/science.aaf2654

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