'Redesigning AI' with Professor Daron Acemoglu

Past Event

17 May 2024, 11:00am - 1:00pm

Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

Event Recording:

The Institute for Ethics in AI and the Oxford Martin School are pleased to announce an exclusive event featuring a keynote address by distinguished economist Professor Daron Acemoğlu, followed by commentary from expert panellists.

The Institute for Ethics in AI and Oxford Martin School are pleased to announce an exclusive morning event featuring a keynote address by distinguished economist Professor Daron Acemoğlu.

11.00 – 12.00 - Keynote: Professor Daron Acemoğlu

Title: Redesigning AI

Abstract: This talk will argue that the current path of AI is inimical to human flourishing. Nevertheless, different institutional arrangements, ethical underpinnings, and technological vision can lead to better AI. This better AI path will need to overcome the industry's excessive focus on automation, the centralised control of information, challenges in the context of human-AI mis-alignment, and the disappearing diversity of information among human actors.

Hosted and introduced by Professor John Tasioulas Director, Institute for Ethics in AI, Faculty of Philosophy

12.00 – 13.00 - Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • Professor Isabelle Ferreras, FNRS Professor in Sociology at the University of Louvain, Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Ethics in AI, Oxford.
  • Professor Josiah Ober, The Markos & Eleni Kounalakis Chair in Honor of Constantine Mitsotakis and Professor of Political Science and Classics, Stanford University
  • Dr Daniel Susskind, Research Professor in Economics at King's College London and a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Ethics in AI at Oxford University
  • Professor Carl Frey, Director, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Work; Dieter Schwarz Associate Professor of AI & Work at the Oxford Internet Institute

Hosted by Ekaterina Hertog, Associate Professor in AI and Society, joint with the Oxford Internet Institute and in association with Wadham College

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Professor Daron Acemoğlu
Sanjaya Lall Visiting Professor, University of Oxford & Institute Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Daron Acemoğlu will be the the Sanjaya Lall Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford during Trinity Term 2024.

He is an Institute Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and also affiliated with the National Bureau Economic Research, and the Center for Economic Policy Research.

He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, the British Academy, the American Philosophical Society, the Turkish Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Econometric Society, the European Economic Association, and the Society of Labor Economists.

He is the author of six books: Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (with James A. Robinson), Introduction to Modern Economic Growth, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty (with James A. Robinson), Principles of Economics (with David Laibson and John List), The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty (with James A. Robinson), and Power and Progress: Our Thousand-Year Struggle Over Technology and Prosperity (with Simon Johnson).

His academic work has been published in leading scholarly journals, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal Economics and Review of Economic Studies. His research covers a wide range of areas within economics, including political economy, economic development and growth, human capital theory, growth theory, innovation, search theory, network economics and learning.

Daron Acemoğlu has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the inaugural T. W. Shultz Prize from the University of Chicago in 2004, and the inaugural Sherwin Rosen Award for outstanding contribution to labor economics in 2004; Distinguished Science Award from the Turkish Sciences Association in 2006; the John von Neumann Award, Rajk College, Budapest in 2007; the Carnegie Fellowship in 2017; the Jean-Jacques Laffont prize in 2018; the Global Economy Prize in 2019; and the CME Mathematical and Statistical Research Institute prize in 2021.

He was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal in 2005, given every two years to the best economist in the United States under the age of 40 by the American Economic Association; the Erwin Plein Nemmers prize awarded every two years for work of lasting significance in economics in 2013; and the 2016 BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge award in economics.

He holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Utrecht, the Bosporus University, University of Athens, Bilkent University, the University of Bath, the Ecole Normale Superieure, Scaly Paris, and the London Business School.

His book (joint with James A. Robinson) Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy received the Association of American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence, and the William Riker Prize for Best Book Published in Political Economy, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for Best Book Published on Government, Politics or International Affairs. Why Nations Fail also received several prizes and awards, and was a New York Times bestseller in 2012.

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