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Disruptive Technologists: AI & Ethics? The Big Questions
PRESENTED BY MCCARTER & ENGLISH Developments in robotics engineering have resulted in several weird and wonderful advancements across many fields including military, manufacturing, service, and entertainment. As robots get more autonomous and more powerful, we’re going to have to program them to not be evil. We will discuss the new applied ethics in Robo-morality: Machine Learning & Roboethics is concerned with what rules should be created for machines and robots to guarantee -their design for ethical behavior. Should we ensure that machines with artificial intelligence behave in ways that prioritize human safety as well as their own safety, above their assigned tasks? And can we do this in accordance with accepted precepts of human morality? Other questions: • Why do we need to care about ethics in AI? • What made you focus on this emerging subject in techno-ethics? • How can we regulate robo-morality? • Are there any progress in terms of programming machines to act with human beings in an ethical way? • In your opinion what is the major challenge to develop robot and machine learning ethics for the following decade? Panelists: 1. Tameka Vasquez, Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University & Marketing Director at Eigen Technologies, an international artificial intelligence company. She is also a Strategic Advisor to Opus AI, a startup that is focused on using AI to simplify the diversity process at large companies. 2. Manojit Nandi, Senior Data Scientist, Rocketrip Manojit builds machine learning models in Python for automating expense approval and deploys these models into production using AWS Lambda. Rocketrip helps businesses reduce travel spend by incentivizing employees to save when they travel for business. 3. Claudia Perlich, Senior Data Scientist, Two Sigma & NYU Adjunct Professor Claudia started her career at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, concentrating on research in data analytics and machine learning for complex real-world domains. She received her Ph.D. in Information Systems from Stern School of Business, NYU. 4. Imran Anwar, Disruptive Technologist in Customer Success Unit at Microsoft & The Founder of the Internet and E-mail for Pakistan (among early providers of their internet). Earlier he was Enterprise Architect for the US Department of Defense & for General Electric. 5. John C. Havens, Executive Director of The IEEE Initiative on the Ethics of Autonomous & Intelligent Systems. He is also the Executive Director for The Council on Extended Intelligence. Moderator: Oliver Christie, Founder, Foxy Machine The company is an artificial Intelligence consulting, strategy & research company for companies seeking to leverage new and future technologies. They help clients implement a data-driven approach to decision-making to optimizes every outcome. Master of Ceremonies: David Carlos, CEO, Availeron Consulting & App Solutions Consult, Yardi David is a real estate tech and IT guru! Plus Pizza from Microsoft, Water from Hint, Gourmet Sandwiches from McCarter & English and Wine from Dana!! 🍷


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Respond by: 12/4/2018
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Founded in 2012 by Lauren Keyson, a renowned tech journalist, Disruptive Technologists supports the tech, innovation, and entrepreneurial ecosystems in New York City by connecting professional firms, think tanks and likeminded people with a passion for new technologies.

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