Social Environment Design

1Harvard University 2Founding 3Oxford University 4Asari AI 5Google Research
ICML 2024

SED proposes a novel framework for automated policy-making through AI.

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Brief Summary

  1. Human policy-makers have many issues, such as prioritizing lobbyist interests over the public [1] and corruption [2].
  2. AI, if made absolutely safe and extremely intelligent, could someday do much better. We call this safe AGI.
  3. SED is a model for using safe AGI to enable better policy-making.
  4. It works by democratically gathering values [4,5], creating automated policy [6], and finally simulating policy outcomes [7,8].


title={Social Environment Design},
author={Edwin Zhang and Sadie Zhao and Tonghan Wang and Safwan Hossain and Henry Gasztowtt and Stephan Zheng and David C. Parkes and Milind Tambe and Yiling Chen},
booktitle={International Conference on Machine Learning},