April 10th, 2018

Conference on Ethics & AI: Agency & Empowerment – Carnegie Mellon

Computational technologies have provided many tools and opportunities to increase people’s sense of empowerment, and their personal ability to shape their lives. At the same time, these technologies can significantly disrupt the workforce, thereby reducing people’s options and ability to live their lives as they wish. This session will focus on the impacts, opportunities of computational technologies for people’s agency and empowerment, as well as the ways in which these technologies are beginning to exhibit their own agency.


Illah Nourbakhsh, Professor of Robotics, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Director, CREATE Lab

Zachary Wojtowicz, Doctoral student, Social & Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University

Bill O’Driscoll, Arts & Culture Reporter, 90.5 WESA News

Chad Jenkins, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Robotics Institute, University of Michigan

Wendell Wallach, Senior Advisor, The Hastings Center, Chair, Technology and Ethics Studies, Yale University Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

Molly Wright Steenson, Associate Professor, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Professor, Columbia University

David Danks, L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy & Psychology and Head of Philosophy Department, Carnegie Mellon University


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