It’s been nearly a year since the release of ChatGPT, leading to the expansion of public-facing generative AI and a rash of predictions. But how will generative AI change the world, and what does that mean for an ethical future?

Duquesne University will host a national conference that examines these questions from the perspectives of the media, policy, business, education, healthcare, and faith. Hosted by the Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology and Law, the Nov. 9-10 conference will take place in the University’s Power Center. 

“Generative AI is changing how we work, live, learn and play on many fronts, with its ability to integrate information, analyze data and, as a result, influence decision making,” said Dr. John Slattery, director of the Grefenstette Center. “When we engage with this technology, it is essential that we understand the ethics of the questions we ask and the answers it gives us. Are these answers accurate? Biased? Helpful? Nonsense? The question to ask is not whether or not to use the new technology, but how we’re going to ensure an ethical future given that the new technology is here to stay.”

The emergence of generative AI has created predictions about the end of the world, the elimination of various jobs, and the end of human art as we know it. The conference will explore what has changed, and what has largely remained the same, since generative AI systems have overwhelmed the tech landscape.

Former U.S. congressman Conor Lamb and Annie Newman, director of digital strategy for Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro’s office, will join in the conference’s panel discussions.

The symposium will feature national speakers from government, industry and academia to discuss generative AI’s impact on various fields. Student and faculty discussions, community conversations, and a wide variety of research and teaching best practices will also explore practical solutions to difficult and new questions raised by generative AI. 

The one-day conference is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, visit the Grefenstette Center site. 

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November 07, 2023