Artificial Intelligence (AI) has opened myriad potentialities to make life higher—sooner, extra environment friendly, cheaper. At the identical time, utilizing knowledge and machines to hurry issues up has additionally elevated the possibilities of misplaced human connections, missed steps in deliberation, and over-simplification of life’s messiness.

The Utah Informatics Initiative (UI2) and Tanner Humanities Center are internet hosting a virtual symposium Sept. 21 and 22 to discover the sides of AI’s position in society.

The University of Utah is uniquely located as the host for these discussions, stated Mike Kirby, UI2 director. The U has a notable cohort of researchers learning informatics, knowledge science and machine studying, whereas working alongside interdisciplinary companions in the humanities and humanities. “That crossover allows us to really dig into the thorny ethical questions raised by technological advances,” Kirby stated.

On the first day, keynote speaker Moshe Vardi will discuss “Ethics Washing in AI.” Vardi, director of Rice University’s Initiative on Technology, Culture and Society, says many firms have developed inner moral requirements after a number of incidents of AI and Machine Learning going improper: self-driving vehicles on autopilot crashing, face-recognition software program disproportionately focusing on dark-skinned individuals. But these much-touted requirements might be superficial, Vardi stated.

“Talk is cheap. ‘Ethics washing’ — also called ‘ethics theater’— is the practice of fabricating or exaggerating a company’s interest in equitable AI systems that work for everyone. An example is when a company promotes ‘AI for good’ initiatives with one hand, while selling surveillance tech to governments and corporate customers with the other,” Vardi added.

“I will argue that the ethical lens is too narrow. The real issue is how to deal with technology’s impact on society. Technology is driving the future, but who is doing the steering?”

Vardi will talk about with symposium attendees in a question-and-answer session moderated by Kirby.

On the occasion’s second day, six U researchers will current their work utilizing, or inspecting, artificial intelligence:

  • Lisa Swanstrom
  • Trafton Drew
  • Eliane Wiese
  • Aniello De Santo
  • Alan Kuntz
  • Bei Wang

Following the shows, Vardi, Tanner Humanities Center Director Erika George and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dan Reed will take part in a panel dialogue moderated by Professor Valerio Pascucci.

To register for the symposium:

In its third yr, the Informatics Initiative was established by Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dan Reed to construct on the college’s current training, analysis and workforce improvement strengths in knowledge science. The initiative is funded utilizing annual performance-based funding from the Utah Legislature.

For extra details about UI2, go to, or contact Mike Kirby, govt director ([email protected]). For extra details about the Tanner Humanities Center, go to, or contact Director Erika George ([email protected]).