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? 

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Ethics in a Technologically Transforming World?

Technology seems to be overtaking the world, from our obsession with electronic devices to the emerging artificial intelligence that helps us do everything from keep grocery lists to make war between nations. Outside of the practical applications, however, is there a question of right or wrong? What happens when technological capacity reaches a level that calls into question our very role as human beings in a society? In this week, we explore the ethical, spiritual and religious dimensions of “new tech.” Is it a step away from our own spiritual growth or can it be harnessed to create greater understanding?

  • Saturday, July 18, 2020 | 08:30am EDT

    Coffee & Conversation with CHQ

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    Join us for a review of the week and a quick look ahead with CHQ Assembly program vice presidents Matt Ewalt, Deborah Sunya Moore and Bishop Gene Robinson.



    Location: Virtual Porch

     

  • Sunday, July 19, 2020 | 10:45am EDT

    Rabbi David Wolpe

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    "The Life of Jacob" | Named Most Influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek and one of the 50 Most Influential Jews in the World by The Jerusalem Post, Rabbi David Wolpe is the Max Webb Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple.



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform

     

  • Sunday, July 19, 2020 | 03:30pm EDT

    Free Sunday Reading with Janice Eidus

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    Janice Eidus, twice winner of the O.Henry Prize as well as a Pushcart Prize, is a novelist, short story writer, essayist, and freelance editor/writing coach. Among her novels are The War Of The RosensUrban Bliss; and, The Last Jewish Virgin; her short story collections include Vito Loves Geraldine and The Celibacy Club.



    Location: Virtual Porch