2022 Tech Ethics Symposium

How Can Algorithms Be Ethical? Finding Solutions through Dialogue

The Grefenstette Center is hosting a one-day conference on a wide variety of perspectives on science, technology, ethics, policy, business, and religion in light of technology ethics, featuring amazing speakers such as Dr. Alondra Nelson, Deputy Assistant to the President, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Bishop Paul Tighe, Vatican Dicastery for Culture and Education.

Please find the schedule the day below, and go the speakers page for bios of all the speakers.

We also invite all undergraduate and graduate students to submit posters for presentation at the Symposium. All accepted posters will receive a $75 acceptance award, and two posters will receive a $500 award for the best undergraduate and graduate poster! Call for Student Posters!

Registration is now open for in-person or virtual attendance! In-person attendees will receive a complimentary breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the day. Virtual attendees will receive a livestream link a few days before the conference.

Register for the 2022 Tech Ethics Symposium

2022 GREFENSTETTE CENTER ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM

How Can Algorithms Be Ethical?

Finding Solutions through Dialogue

Friday, October 28, 2022

8:00 am: Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:00 am: Plenary Conversation
  • Introduction by Ken Gormley, President of Duquesne University

  • Moderated by John P. Slattery, Director of the Grefenstette Center

  • Alondra Nelson, Deputy Assistant to the President, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Bishop Paul Tighe, Vatican Dicastery for Culture and Education

 

11:00 am: Break

11:15 am: What are the Ethics of Selling Ethics? The Business of Creating and Selling Ethical Technologies
  • Moderated by David Wasieleski, Albert Paul Viragh Professor of Business Ethics in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University

  • Nathan Colaner, Senior Instructor and Director of Business Analytics, and Managing Director, Initiative in Ethics and Transformative Technologies, Seattle University

  • Anima Anandkumar, Director of Machine Learning, NVIDIA; Bren Professor of Computing, Caltech12:30: Lunch and Student Posters

12:30 pm: Lunch and Student Posters

1:45 pm: Can Biased Humans Design Unbiased Algorithms? Navigating the Boundaries of Philosophy, Theology, and Technology
  • Moderated by Paul Scherz, Associate Professor of Moral Theology and Ethics in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America

  • Irina Raicu, Director of the Internet Ethics Program, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University

  • Philip Butler, Assistant Professor of Theology and Black Posthuman Artificial Intelligence Systems, Partner Director of AI Institute, Iliff School of Theology  

 

3:00 pm: Break

3:15 pm: How Can Social Institutions Work Toward Ethical Outcomes in Tech? The Needs and Hopes for Better Tech Governance, Policy, and Transparency
  • Moderated by Florence Chee, Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Program Director of the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University Chicago

  • Abhishek Gupta, Founder and Principal Researcher at the Montreal AI Ethics Institute

  • Beth Schwanke, Executive director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security

4:30 pm: Break

4:45 pm: Final Panel Discussion: Future Algorithms and Future Ethics
  • Moderated by John P. Slattery, Director of the Grefenstette Center

5:45 pm: Closing Remarks

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