Carnegie Mellon University

Lectures & Colloquia

Fall 2022

Friday, November 11
Professor Scott Page, University of Michigan
3:05-4:25pm EST

Friday, September 16
Professor Vincent Conitzer, Carnegie Mellon University
3:05-4:25pm EST
Posner Hall 151

Talk Title: (How Philosophers Can and Do Contribute to) Foundations of Cooperative AI

Abstract: I direct the new Foundations of Cooperative AI Lab (FOCAL) at CMU, the goal of which is to create foundations of game theory appropriate for advanced, autonomous AI agents -- with a focus on achieving cooperation.  Too little attention has been paid to the ways in which AI agents can be fundamentally unlike human agents, and this has left various ways of avoiding game-theoretic tragedies (prisoner's dilemma, tragedy of the commons, ...) underexplored.  But many relevant insights can be found in the philosophy literature, for example on self-locating beliefs (Sleeping Beauty problem) and decision theory (causal vs. evidential).  In addition to formal epistemology, eventually this connects even to problems in metaphysics and philosophy of mind.  A very recent and surely imperfect writeup can be found at:; feedback is appreciated!