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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Ethics in Tech Practice: An Interactive Workshop

Ethics has become an increasingly urgent topic of discussion in the technology industry, from questions about fairness in AI and the ethics of programming autonomous vehicles to the challenges of protecting privacy and human autonomy in a world of smart cities and increasing adoption of IoT devices. But what is ethics, really? And why are we talking about it in technology contexts? And why now?

Join us for an interactive workshop exclusively reserved for employees of Alphabet, which will address those questions and will include:

  • A high-level introduction to technology ethics
  • A discussion of growing areas of concern in tech ethics
  • A presentation of conceptual lenses and ethical decision-making tools for use in analysis of ethical issues
  • Opportunities for participants to apply the ethical lenses and frameworks to case studies highlighting ethical aspects of technology research, design, development, and deployment
  • An ethical toolkit for embedding ethical considerations in the product development process
  • Discussions throughout, as well as other interactive activities.

The program will be welcoming to people of diverse backgrounds and a variety of professional qualifications. It does not require or assume any prior background in philosophy or ethics. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. A detailed agenda and parking instructions will be emailed to registered participants a week before the workshop.

Date: October 15, 2019
Time: 10 am - 4:30 pm
Location: X Headquarters
Contact Information: Irina Raicu, 408-551-1814