College of Liberal Arts ‘Technology Ethics Video Series’ Explores Ethical Leadership of Emerging Digital Technologies

West Lafayette, Ind. – Building on its initiative to create a model program focused on professional ethics at the intersection of liberal arts and technological innovation, Purdue University’s College of Liberal Arts has released a series of videos exploring the issues as part of the “Leading Ethically in the Age of AI and Big Data” project, supported by a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc.

The “Tech Ethics Video Series” includes 22 presentations by leading technology and ethics experts from diverse professional backgrounds, including industry, academia, the nonprofit sector, and government. The series features national and international speakers exploring a wide range of topics related to ethical considerations in new digital technologies. Topics discussed include responsible and equitable technology, autonomous technologies, the future of work, data privacy and governance, algorithmic bias, artificial intelligence and K12 education, public interest technology, and natural language processing.

“As emerging technologies continue to change all sectors of our society, it is important that we consider their ethical implications,” said David A. Reingold, Justin S. Morrill Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Sociology at Purdue, who led the project. “The next generation of leaders must be prepared to navigate the complex challenges emerging technologies create. The video series encourages future leaders to ask thoughtful questions in the search for sensible and ethical solutions to problems related to emerging technologies.”

Featured experts include Vint Cerf, recognized as one of the “Fathers of the Internet” and now Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google; Shannon Vallor, Baillie Gifford Professor of Data Ethics and AI at the University of Edinburgh; Jeroen van den Hoven, professor of ethics and technology at the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands; and Ora Tanner, Founder and CEO of Black Unicorn Educationᵀᴹ and Co-Founder of the AI ​​Education Project.

The “Technology Ethics Video Series” is a free resource for educators and expert communities. The short videos are presented as concise introductions to complex ethical issues that will stimulate discussions in the classroom, the workplace, and among individual users who interact with technology on a daily basis.

The “Technology Ethics Video Series” is part of the “Leading Ethically in the Age of AI and Big Data” initiative supported by a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. “Leading Ethically in the Age of AI and Big Data ” focuses on establishing Purdue as a national leader in the ethics of Big Data and AI by fostering a community of experts on campus through the organization of events and the development of an undergraduate professional ethics curriculum that will address the many ethical challenges presented by rapidly evolving digital technologies.

You can view the Tech Ethics video series here.

About Purdue University

Purdue University is one of the leading public research institutions developing practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Ranked for each of the past five years as one of the 10 most innovative universities in America by US News & World Report, Purdue delivers world-changing research and out-of-this-world discoveries. Committed to real-world, hands-on, online learning, Purdue offers a transformative education for all. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels, allowing more students than ever to graduate debt-free. See how Purdue never stops in the persistent search for the next big leap in https://purdue.edu/.

About Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by JK Lilly and his sons, Eli and JK Jr., through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While those gifts remain the financial foundation of the Endowment Fund, the Endowment Fund is a separate entity from the company, with a separate board of directors, staff, and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education, and religion. Although it funds programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion, it maintains a special commitment to his hometown of Indianapolis and his home state of Indiana.

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