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.
Time
Monday, 15.03.2021 10:00 - 11:45
Topic
Digitalization/AI
Target groups

Researchers

Languages
English
Location
Online on Zoom
Room
https://uni-bonn.zoom.us/j/93191701586?pwd=a2IrdVpTNjJCSzJReHVSVzBNNDFkUT09 ID: 931 9170 1586 Password: 267881
Reservation
No
Organizer
TRA Individuals, Institutions and Societies; Center for Science and Thought
Contact

Dr. Charlotte Gauvry

cgauvry@uni-bonn.de

+49 171 33 160 47

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