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Register Now for “The Character of AI”—A Technology Ethics Conference

Sculpture and palm tree on SCU campus

Sculpture and palm tree on SCU campus

Join us online, or in person at Santa Clara University!

Irina Raicu

Update: Videos of several of the conference sessions will be available on the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics website soon!

On Thursday, July 21, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics will host “The Character of AI”—a public conference on technology ethics.

The conference will include three panel discussions: on “AI and Character,” “AI and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” and “The Meaning of ‘Human-in-the-Loop.’” Each of the panels will bring together academic philosophers, graduate students and early career researchers addressing relevant topics, and technology practitioners. Their varied perspectives will inform and challenge each other in dynamic ways, advancing the goal of developing AI that enables and encourages the further enrichment of human moral intelligence—rather than replacing or degrading it.

The keynote presentation will be delivered by Prof. Shannon Vallor, who holds the Baillie Gifford Chair in the Ethics of Data and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh's Edinburgh Futures Institute, where she directs the Centre for Technomoral Futures.

The conference will also feature the perspectives of additional graduate and post-graduate students who are currently attending the Summer Institute in Technology Ethics at Santa Clara University; in a concluding session, they will reflect on their experience over the course of the program and consider how their work may shape the future character of technology.

The conference and the Summer Institute for Technology Ethics have both been made possible through the support of a grant from Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc. (though the opinions expressed in these events are those of the participant speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc.)

For more details, and to register to attend either in-person or online, please see the conference website.

We look forward to an engaging and inspiring day!

Jul 12, 2022

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