The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values

Center for Human-Compatible AI (CHAI)


October 21, 2020
10:00am to 12:00pm
Virtual Participation


Book Launch: The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values 
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pactific Time
Register (Registration is required to attend.)

Alignment Problem - book cover

The Center for Human-Compatible AI (CHAI) hosted this conversation with author Brian Christian to celebrate the launch of his new book The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values. The book, which has been the focus of Christian's research during his time as a UC Berkeley Visiting Scholar, tells the story of the ethics and safety movement in AI, highlighting its historical roots, recent milestones and open problems, and deeper human significance. 

The event took place in, a virtual meeting space that enables participants to "walk" in and out of conversations. A link was provided to registered participants. The event included an interview with Brian Christian, as well as a Q&A with the audience and many opportunities to socialize with researchers, Ph.D. students, and journalists.

Brian ChristianBrian Christian is a visiting scholar at CITRIS and the Simons Institute at UC Berkeley, as well as a CHAI affiliate. He is the author of The Most Human Human, which was named a Wall Street Journal bestseller, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and a New Yorker favorite book of the year. He is the author, with Tom Griffiths, of Algorithms to Live By, an Amazon best science book of the year, and MIT Technology Review best book of the year. Christian’s writing has been translated into nineteen languages and has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Paris Review, and in scientific journals such as Cognitive Science. Host Stuart Russell describes The Alignment Problem as "essential reading if you want to understand where our world is heading."

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Brian Christian

Visiting Scholar at CITRIS and the Simons Institute, UC Berkeley