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Governing Artificial Intelligence: Conversation and Q&A with Cullen O’Keefe, Research Scientist at OpenAI

October 19, 2022

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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WCC; 3007 Room

Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform the way we live and work. But it’s not obvious that the transformations it brings will be good news for everyone—or even for humanity as a whole.
OpenAI, one of the leading labs working on developing AI systems, has a stated mission “to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity.” To help achieve that mission, it invests in aligning AI systems with human intent to build systems that are “helpful, truthful, and safe.”
Easier said than done. People have already tried to misuse AI systems in ways that could cause harm, leading companies like OpenAI to implement moderation and other safety measures. Aligning more powerful systems might be much harder. That’s one reason that OpenAI is investing in research into a range of governance strategies today.
To learn more about OpenAI’s governance research and a career path that might allow you to use your J.D. to positively shape the development and deployment of a potentially transformative technology, please join us for lunch on Wednesday, 10/19, for a short presentation and Q&A with Cullen O’Keefe, a Research Scientist on OpenAI’s Governance team and a Research Affiliate at the Centre for the Governance of AI.  Cullen graduated from HLS with a J.D., cum laude, in 2019.
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