Dirty Ethics: Informal Conversations on the Confounding Ethics of AI and Other Emerging Technologies
Today’s technology ethics are messy. Somebody’s gotta clean it up. 🤷♀️
Dirty Ethics is our new Spring/Summer event series, where people can participate in breakfast or lunchtime informal conversation groups, moderated by ethics experts, on the most pressing and messiest ethical issues that we as a society are grappling with implementing emerging technologies that will completely reorder or world and redefine our reality (especially AI).
Experts across the board agree that these issues are so complicated, and unprecedented (like algorithmic bias and fairness), that we should all be having these discussions far more frequently (in as many diverse settings as possible). We couldn’t agree more!
The goal of Dirty Ethics is to bring you substantive and information discussions about these thorny ethics issues, in a light, engaging way, over a meal, with various experts you can ask questions of and engage with (while meeting new people who are also interested in same topics as you). Guest moderators will guide the live discussion and the Q&A with guest expert speakers who will join via live video conference, when we have them.
Conversation groups will be small (no more than 20 people). Drop by in the morning and grab a cup of coffee and a bagel, or during lunch (bring your own brown bag lunch!) for an insightful and enlightening discussion and networking.
To inquire about sponsoring a Dirty Ethics session (or the entire series) contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The CRISPR Baby Scandal — the Errors, Ethics and Hard Questions Behind the World’s First Genetically Modified Babies
Tuesday, May 7th (12:30PM-2:00PM)
Guest Moderator: TBA
With the first “designer” gene-edited babies soon to be born in China in the coming months, we’re veering into dangerous and, some say frightening, ethical times in biotech. Join us for this informal, lunchtime roundtable on the topic that is confounding scientists, the healthcare industry, and ethicists around the world.
The Chinese scientist who created the world’s first gene-edited babies may have inadvertently altered their brains with his experiments, causing the twin girls to have enhanced cognitive and memory skills. Last November, He Jiankui announced the birth of twin girls whom he had genetically edited to become more resistant to HIV. The news was met with global condemnation. The main concerns with editing the genes of humans are ethical. Are we developing superior “designer” babies that only wealthy parents (like the ones indicted in the college admissions scandal) will be able to afford? Will this worsen inequality?
- After China’s gene-edited baby debacle, CRISPR scientists want a moratorium (read more)
- The CRISPR Baby Scandal Gets Worse by the Day: Here are the 15 most damning details. (read more)
- First CRISPR Babies: 6 Questions That Remain (read more)
- US university clears three scientists in CRISPR-babies probe (read more)
- Scientist Who CRISPR’d Babies Bucked His Own Ethics Policy (read more)
- CRISPR Babies Raise an Uncomfortable Reality — Ethical Guidelines Don’t Guarantee Ethical Research (read more)
- CRISPR base editing, known for precision, hits a snag with off-target mutations (read more)
- In STAT Madness, CRISPR tools to treat brain disorders capture Editors’ Pick (read more)
This is an open discussion. Everyone is welcome. Bring your own brown bag lunch, we’ll have beverages and sweet treats!
Surveillance State: the Promise and Perils of Facial Recognition Technologies (Lunchtime Round Table)
Thursday, April 18, 12:30PM-2PM
Guest Moderator: Anne T. Griffin, Lead Product Manager (OpenLaw)
The promise of facial technology that we’ve all seen in scifi tv shows and movies is here! The big question is: Are we ready for it? Join us for an informal, round-table discussion with guest expert Anne T. Griffin. Bring your own brown bag lunch.
“This is opening the door to an extraordinarily more intrusive and granular level of government control… it can literally extend to a vast number of controls in other parts of our lives.” — Edward Hasbrouck, Identity Project.
Recently, presidential executive order was issued in 2017 expediting the deployment of biometric verification of the identities of all travelers crossing US borders, stipulating facial recognition identification for “100 percent of all international passengers,” including American citizens, in the top 20 US airports by 2021. Big tech companies are feeling the backlash of selling facial tech to the government and local police while startups are starting to debate the ethics of the tech. And right here in NYC, landlords of rent stabilized apartment buildings that are implementing facial recognition technologies are feeling the backlash from tenants. What are the potential ethical and privacy violations? Should this new technology be regulated and, if so, by who? This is a BYOL (bring your own lunch) roundtable discussion, beverages and sweet treats will be served.
About Anne T. Griffin
Anne is a human and product manager, in that order, who studied engineering at the University of Michigan. She is passionate about the human aspects of technology and building machine learning and AI products rooted in the realities of the human experience. She is also an Emerging Tech Correspondent for Tech2025, a platform and community for learning about, and discussing emerging technologies such as AI. Empathy at a product level and a cultural level is a key value. Her current focus is to explore what “fairness” means at a product level and how teams can integrate empathy and awareness of the impact of bias into the creative and development process. She has worked with major companies such as Microsoft, Mercedes-Benz, American Express, Comcast, and Colgate-Palmolive. LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/2GmDZb8 / Twitter: @annetgriffin
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