6:30 - 7:00 PM Networking & Refreshments
Speaker: Prof. Shannon Vallor
Bio: Shannon Vallor is the William J. Rewak, S.J. Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Santa Clara University, where her research and teaching addresses the ethical implications of emerging science and technology, especially AI, robotics and new media. Professor Vallor received the 2015 World Technology Award in Ethics from the World Technology Network. She is President of the international Society for Philosophy and Technology, serves on the Executive Board of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics, and is a member of the IEEE Standards Association's Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems. Professor Vallor has a special interest in the integration of ethics with software industry and engineering/computer science education, and engages in outreach on this subject with a range of stakeholders within and outside academia, including government, industry, law, media, and public policy professionals and advocates. She is the recent author of Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Title: AI's Ethical Imperative: How to Humanize Machine Values
Speaker: Vivek Wadhwa
Bio: Vivek Wadhwa is a Distinguished Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering and a Director of Research at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. He is a globally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post and author of The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent, which was named by The Economist as a Book of the Year of 2012, and of Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology, which documents the struggles and triumphs of women. Wadhwa has held appointments at Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School, and Emory University and is a faculty member at Singularity University.
Title: Our Amazing and Scary Technology Future!