Social Responsibility and Ethics in Artificial Intelligence and Extended Reality
Friday, September 21, 2018 — 4:30PM-5:30PM
Social responsibility exists at the periphery of the tech industry, starting with limited ethics classes in CS curricula and later codified in engineering practices and company culture. This Birds of Feather will bring together software engineers, data scientists, product managers AI researchers, and policy specialists to discuss the societal impacts of what we build and how we build it. We will touch on different case studies from industry, academia, and policy regarding ethics and social responsibility in engineering. We will discuss past and current conflicts between technology and ethical considerations, and how to identify and navigate current challenges in this arena. As technologists, we sometimes try to fix a world in which we do not fully understand. We approach problems that we are not experts in, craft a solution, then unleash it for testing without a full understanding of what could go systemically go wrong when experimenting at scale. As ethics and engineering are in an increasingly multi-disciplinary realm, we will begin by establishing a shared understanding of what ethics and social responsibility mean in relation to technology. We will discuss how can work within our own organizations to drive awareness around fairness, privacy, accountability, and policy.
Niveditha Kalavakonda, University of Washington