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Laura Weidinger on Ethical Risks, Harms, and Alignment of Large Language Models

A conversation with Laura Weidinger, a senior research scientist at DeepMind focused on AI ethics

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In episode 39 of The Gradient Podcast, Andrey Kurenkov speaks to Laura Weidinger

Laura is a senior research scientist at DeepMind, with her focus being AI ethics. Laura is also a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, studying philosophy of science and specifically approaches to measuring the ethics of AI systems. Previously Laura worked in technology policy at UK and EU levels, as a Policy executive at techUK. She then pivoted to cognitive science research and studied human learning at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, and was a Guest Lecturer at the Ada National College for Digital Skills. She received her Master's degree at the Humboldt University of Berlin, from the School of Mind and Brain, with her focus being Neuroscience/ Philosophy/ Cognitive science.

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Outline:

(00:00) Intro
(01:20) Path to AI
(04:25) Research in Cognitive Science
(06:40) Interest in AI Ethics
(14:30) Ethics Considerations for Researchers
(17:38) Ethical and social risks of harm from language models 
(25:30) Taxonomy of Risks posed by Language Models
(27:33) Characteristics of Harmful Text: Towards Rigorous Benchmarking of Language Models
(33:25) Main Insight for Measuring Harm
(35:40) The EU AI Act
(39:10) Alignment of language agents
(46:10) GPT-4Chan
(53:40) Interests outside of AI
(55:30) Outro

Links:

Ethical and social risks of harm from language models 

Taxonomy of Risks posed by Language Models

Characteristics of Harmful Text: Towards Rigorous Benchmarking of Language Models

Alignment of language agents