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The Ethical and Societal Implications of Agentic AI Systems

Mon June 17th 2024, 10:00am - 5:00pm
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Recent trends in AI point towards the development of increasingly agentic and capable assistants that can communicate fluently, engage in sophisticated reasoning, use a wide range of tools, and take asynchronous action – all with the goal of augmenting user capabilities and meeting user needs. Potential applications range from personal agents assisting with daily tasks to specialized assistants in research and education to digital companions and beyond.

However, this technological advancement is not without its challenges. It raises critical questions for developers, users, and society as a whole, including:

  • What does it mean for agentic systems to be safe and value-aligned?
  • How can we ensure that human interaction with advanced assistants respects user autonomy and contributes to user well-being over time?
  • What are the wider societal implications of a future in which millions of artificial agents interact with one another, and how might this impact human institutions and the distribution of opportunity more widely?

Join us for a workshop at Stanford to explore these frontiers, building upon a groundswell of recent research, including the recent Google DeepMind paper on The Ethics of Advanced AI Assistants, as well as important work from authors at OpenAI, Mila, and beyond. This workshop aims to:

  • Critically examine key findings from recent research and incorporate diverse perspectives
  • Set out new research directions and enhance our foresight capabilities
  • Understand potential opportunities for action as we potentially stand at the beginning of a technological paradigm shift

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This event is co-sponsored by Stanford’s McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society in collaboration with Google DeepMind.

Please note that this event is in-person and invite only, and RSVPs are requested to attend. 


If you require disability-related accommodation, please contact disability.access [at] (disability[dot]access[at]stanford[dot]edu) as soon as possible or at least 7 business days in advance of the event.