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December 2017 Feature: Panel Discussion on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

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December 2017 Feature: Panel Discussion on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

December 28, 2017

“We cannot automate away all the human aspects of education. We need to tone down the hubris of artificial intelligence.” – Dr. Alan Wagner

One of the most dynamic and provocative programs during EdTech Engage 2017 was the panel discussion around the promise and peril of artificial intelligence (AI). The panel consisted of three thought leaders including an ethicist, AI researcher, and administrative leader at Penn State.

  • Dr. Alan Wagner is an assistant professor within Penn State’s Department of Aerospace Engineering and Rock Ethics research associate. His research interests include exploring human-robot trust, developing methods by which a robot can learn how to be ethical, and understanding the impact that automation has on society.
  • Beverly Park Woolf, Ph.D., Ed.D., is a Research Professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences, UMass-Amherst. She develops intelligent tutors to model a student’s affective and cognitive characteristics and to combine an analysis of learning with artificial intelligence, network technology, and multimedia.
  • Dr. Renata S. Engel is Interim Vice Provost for Online Education at Penn State. She is responsible for the academic affairs of Penn State World Campus, which encompass the more than 125 undergraduate and graduate online degree programs, minors, and certificates.

The panel utilized their diverse backgrounds and research to foster an engaging dialogue around the potential impact and ethics of AI on higher education. Watch the panel discussion below. 

This is the last feature chronicling EdTech Engage 2017. EdTech Engage took place at the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel on October 5-6, 2017. The symposium featured keynote speakers from leading artificial intelligence (AI) companies, panel discussions from thought leaders on the current and potential impact of AI, faculty sessions showcasing some of the innovative, groundbreaking work under way at Penn State, and networking activities. During the month of December, we are showcasing four key events from the symposium and giving everyone an inside look at the interactive dialogue and engaging speakers that showcased their expertise at the symposium.

View the IPSoft, IBM, and Google Engage features.

 

 

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