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Ethics and Speculation in the Age of AI

When: Thursday, October 5, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Joan Johnson  

Group: Office of the Provost

Co-Sponsor: Searle Center Events

Category: Academic


Over the past year, artificial intelligence (AI), and especially generative AI, has been the subject of both hype and concern — often in the same sentence — in the context of higher education. AI expert Casey Fiesler will discuss some of the pressing ethical issues surrounding AI, including questions of bias, misinformation, ownership, and privacy. Fiesler makes the case that we must overcome the hype, ensure public understanding of the limitations of generative AI, and work together to encourage thoughtful speculation about the future.

Casey Fiesler is an associate professor of Information Science at University of Colorado Boulder. She researches and teaches in the areas of technology ethics, internet law, and online communities. She is also a frequent commentator and speaker on topics of technology ethics and policy, and though her work has been covered everywhere from The New York Times to Teen Vogue, she is most proud of her TikToks. She holds a PhD in Human-Centered Computing from Georgia Tech and a JD from Vanderbilt Law School.

All members of the Northwestern community, including faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and staff and administrators who are interested in engaging with topics in learning and teaching, are welcome to participate in any of our offerings.

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