Machines, Minds, and Morality: Ethics in a Changing Technological World

Monday, April 15, 2019 - 8:30am - 1:00pm
Rosemont College, 1400 Montgomery Ave. Rotwitt Theater, Dorothy McKenna Brown Science Building
Rosemont, PA 19010
United States

Few would question the fact that advances in technology, particularly in machine learning and artificial intelligence, have improved our lives and helped increase efficiency in a variety of ways. 

But novel technologies inevitably raise important ethical questions, and in the case of these kinds of technologies, the stakes are quite high. 

It is crucial to have dialogue on issues such as Big Data and transparency (do you know how much Google knows about you?), algorithmic biases (do some hiring tests exclude persons from low-income neighborhoods?), self-driving cars (should a car be programmed to swerve and potentially kill a pedestrian if it can avoid killing five?), the under representation of women and other minorities in computer science and technology fields, and many others, before these technologies become embedded in our daily lives. 

"The Benefits, Dangers and Dilemmas of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence," will be delivered by David J. Farber, Co-Director of the Cyber Civilization Research Center at Keio University (Tokyo) and American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow. Dr. Farber's pioneering research at Bell Labs in the 1950s contributed to the development of the Internet as we know it today. 

The keynote talk will be followed by a presentation by Dr. Michael Kearns, Chair of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania.  

A culminating roundtable discussion will include Dr. Sorelle Friedler (Haverford College) and Dr. Bilita Mattes (Provost and CAO, Harrisburg University).  

The event is free and open to the public.     


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