Design Your Future

Digital Intelligence: The Ethics of Emerging Technologies

Students will gain exposure to selected topics in the ethical and social impact of emerging technologies through an applied ethical lens.

Schedule: M, T, W, Th January 4-14, 2021
Delivery Method: Synchronous and Asynchronous 
Team Lead: Nita Farahany, JD, PhD

In a flipped-classroom format, students will watch asynchronous videos featuring Professor Farahany interviewing leading technology, ethics, and policy experts as they discuss relevant and timely topics such as algorithmic bias, transparency, deepfakes and misinformation, and corporate surveillance. Students will meet in small discussion groups with discussion leaders from Science & Society to critically engage with a practical ethics approach to the topics presented in the video. 

Session Schedule:

  • Monday, January 4 – Asynchronous
  • Tuesday, January 5 – Discussion Sessions, the group will be divided meeting either at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, or 11:00 am EST
  • Wednesday, January 6 – Asynchronous
  • Thursday, January 7 – Discussion Sessions, the group will be divided meeting either at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, or 11:00 am EST
  • Monday, January 11 – Asynchronous
  • Tuesday, January 12 – Discussion Sessions, the group will be divided meeting either at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, or 11:00 am EST
  • Wednesday, January 13 – Asynchronous
  • Thursday, January 14 – Discussion Sessions, the group will be divided meeting either at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, or 11:00 am EST
Nita Farahany

Nita A. Farahany is a leading scholar on the ethical, legal, and social implications of emerging technologies. She is a Professor of Law & Philosophy, the Founding Director of Duke Science & Society, Chair of the Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy, and principal investigator of SLAP Lab. 

Farahany is a frequent commentator for national media and radio shows. She presents her work to diverse audiences including the World Economic Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, TED, Judicial Conferences for the US Court of Appeals, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Academies of Science Workshops, the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy, and by testifying before Congress.

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