Preparing Tomorrow’s Ethical Decision-Makers in Computer and Data Sciences Today
Friday, September 20, 2019 — 2:30PM - 3:30PM
Today’s computer and data science students will be involved in making decisions that help determine the future of the human experience. Recent events related to social media, autonomous vehicles, and predictive algorithms reveal that ethics conversations must extend beyond computer viruses, identity theft, and hacking. Ethical discussions now must involve issues of transparency, mental and physical health, accessibility, diversity, the environment, and the list is growing. Furthermore, if careful thought is not put into the ethics side of technological development, the results can be disastrous. Yet technology is moving so rapidly that post-graduation is too late for these future decision-makers to begin the ethics discussion. Undergraduate and graduate education is the place to begin integrating ethics discussions into the curriculum, making it a natural part of the design process. This workshop will allow the attendees to experience several short modules that could be included into computer science curriculum and that tie ethics directly to the subject matter. Early modules will lay the groundwork for ethical decision making and articulating an ethical stance. Later modules will provide opportunities for applying what was learned to decisions in a particular area in computing. Each module is designed to be engaging, relevant, and unique. Participants will be actively involved in discussion and thought-provoking exercises throughout the workshop. The goal of the workshop is not to push any particular ethical agenda, but to encourage participants to be rational thinkers and to not just react on an emotional level when faced with an ethical dilemma.
Lori Carter, Professor, Point Loma Nazarene University
Morgan Wheeler, Undergraduate Student, Point Loma Nazarene University
Catherine Crockett, Associate Professor, Point Loma Nazarene University
Whitney Featherston, Undergraduate Student, Point Loma Nazarene University