Barbara J. Grosz, From Ethical Challenges of Intelligent Systems to Embedding Ethics in Computer Science Education

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From Ethical Challenges of Intelligent Systems to Embedding Ethics in Computer Science Education

Computing technologies have become pervasive in daily life, sometimes bringing unintended but harmful consequences.  For students to learn to think not only about what technology they could create, but also whether they should create that technology and to recognize the ethical considerations that should constrain their design, computer science curricula must expand to include ethical reasoning about the societal value and impact of these technologies. This talk will describe Harvard’s Embedded EthiCS initiative, a novel approach to integrating ethics into computer science education that incorporates ethical reasoning throughout courses in the standard computer science curriculum. It changes existing courses rather than requiring wholly new courses. The talk will begin with a short description of my experiences teaching the course “Intelligent Systems: Design and Ethical Challenges” that inspired the design of Embedded EthiCS. It will then describe the goals behind the design, the way the program works, lessons learned and challenges to sustainable implementations of such a program across different types of academic institutions.

Barbara J. Grosz
Higgins Research Professor of Natural Sciences
Harvard University
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Thu, Dec 5, 2019
11:10 AM - 01:00 PM
Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto
St. George Street