Meeting KI-Postdocs: 'Proxyeconomics and Goodhart's Law'

"The downside of optimization" (Dr. Oliver Braganza) Competitive societal systems by necessity rely on imperfect proxy measures. For instance, profit is used to measure economic value, the Journal Impact Factor to measure scientific value, and clicks to measure online engagement or entertainment value. However, any such proxy-measure becomes a target for the competing agents (e.g. companies, scientists or content providers). This suggests, that any competitive societal system is prone to Goodhart’s Law, most pithily formulated as: ‘When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure’. Purported adverse consequences include environmental degradation, scientific irreproducibility and problematic social media content. The talk will explore the notion that a systematic research program into Goodhart’s Law, nascent in current AI-safety research, is urgently needed, and will have profound implications far beyond AI-safety.
Zeit
Montag, 15.03.2021 10:00 Uhr - 11:45 Uhr
Themengebiet
Digitalisierung/KI
Zielgruppen

Wissenschaftler*innen

Sprachen
Englisch
Ort
Online über Zoom
Raum
https://uni-bonn.zoom.us/j/93191701586?pwd=a2IrdVpTNjJCSzJReHVSVzBNNDFkUT09 ID: 931 9170 1586 Password: 267881
Reservierung
Nein
Veranstalter
TRA Individuen, Institutionen und Gesellschaften; Center for Science and Thought
Kontakt

Dr. Charlotte Gauvry

cgauvry@uni-bonn.de

+49 171 33 160 47

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