Exclusive Melbourne Offer | An audience with Assoc. Prof. Iyad Rahwan, MIT Media Lab, AI Expert

"The Science of Human Machine Social Systems" - 100 student spaces available!

Tuesday 20 June | 11.00am - 12.00pm | Ground Floor, Door 34, Goods Shed, Village Street, Docklands, VIC, 3008

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Data61-CSIRO and Ribit.net is pleased to offer 100 students an exclusive opportunity to attend an afternoon seminar presented by Assoc. Prof. Iyad Rahwan, MIT Media Lab, Artificial Intelligence expert. Iyad’s study on autonomous vehicles and the future and morality of AI was the subject of a discussion captured and featured on the front cover in Wired Magazine in 2016 with former U.S. President Obama.


Iyad Rahwan is the AT&T Career Development Professor and an Associate Professor of Media Arts & Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where he leads the Scalable Cooperation group. A native of Aleppo, Syria, Rahwan holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and is an affiliate faculty at the MIT Institute of Data, Systems and Society (IDSS). Rahwan's work lies at the intersection of the computer and social sciences, with a focus on collective intelligence, large-scale cooperation, and the social aspects of Artificial Intelligence. He led the winning team in the US State Department's Tag Challenge, using social media to locate individuals in remote cities within 12 hours using only their mug shots. Recently, he crowdsourced 30 million decisions from people worldwide about the ethics of AI systems. Rahwan's work appeared in major academic journals, including Science and PNAS, and features regularly in major media outlets, including the New York Times, The Economist, and the Wall Street Journal.

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Human civilization is the product, not only of biological, but also of cultural evolution. Human progress relied on the invention of norms, institutions, and technologies. Today, information technology is playing a major role in this evolution through (1) the creation of new institutions that enable cooperation, competition, and mobilization at unprecedented scales; and (2) the creation of new Artificial Intelligence actors that exhibit autonomy and whose behavior has moral and societal consequences.

In this talk, I present various projects that aim to understand these systems scientifically, and explore their limits and potential evolution. Projects range from using social media to mobilize millions of people to cooperate on a task, to exploring moral hazards related to the safety of driverless cars, to speculating about how automation will impact the labor market. I conclude by describing a research agenda for studying human-machine complex social systems, inspired by what Herbert Simon called "The Sciences of the Artificial".

Rahwan on Wired