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Week Four :: July 18–25

The Ethics of Tech: Scientific, Corporate and Personal Responsibility

Big Tech companies have begun to acknowledge their tremendous and sometimes harmful impact on society — particularly with regard to marginalized communities and civil liberties, and usually only following public calls for ethics reform and oversight.

  • Is it enough for these giants to self-police, or is an industry-wide code of ethics or government regulation necessary to protect a future dominated by artificial intelligence, datafication and facial recognition?
  • Does such oversight stifle innovation? How is the rest of the world responding?
  • And, while it’s easy to see ourselves as victims, how do we take personal responsibility as consumers and users?
10:45 a.m. Lectures

Chautauqua Lecture Series (Morning Lectures)

10:45 a.m., Monday-Friday, Amphitheater

Ideas and opinions are exchanged in an open, challenging atmosphere, and Chautauqua's knowledgeable audiences have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer sessions at the conclusion of the lectures.

Events

  • Monday, July 20, 2020 | 10:45am EDT

    Nicholas Thompson

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    The story of how science and tech will change our lives is one of the most important in the world. Nicholas Thompson, the editor-in-chief of Wired, is the first person to know — and investigate — both the technological and ethical developments as they unfold in Silicon Valley.



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  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | 10:45am EDT

    Rana el Kaliouby

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    A computer scientist, technologist, entrepreneur and business leader, Rana el Kaliouby is on a mission to humanize technology with artificial intelligence that understands not just our commands but our facial expressions, body language and emotional states.



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  • Thursday, July 23, 2020 | 10:45am EDT

    Deborah G. Johnson

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    Deborah G. Johnson recently retired as the Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Professor of Applied Ethics in the University of Virginia’s Department of Engineering and Society; she holds that title with emeritus status, continuing her research which largely focuses on ethics and information technology.



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  • Friday, July 24, 2020 | 10:45am EDT

    Michael Sandel

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    Harvard political philosopher and bestselling author Michael Sandel returns to the Chautauqua Amphitheater to close Week Six’s exploration of “The Ethics of Tech”. 



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform