USC Hosts Next Generation Ethics Conference. Self-driving cars, net neutrality, social media and elections prompt ethics questions.
A pedestrian fatality involving an Uber autonomous car and use of Facebook account information by the political firm Cambridge Analytica are just a few of the headlines lately stoking discussions about ethics. On Friday, March 30, the Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making will host a day-long conference, “Next Generation Ethics,” focused on these and other topics with experts from research institutions, and the public and private sectors.
From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 30, the Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making will host the “Next Generation Ethics Conference” at USC’s Town & Gown to discuss topical ethics issues in business, technology and medicine, as well as policy, filmmaking, research, and religion.
Panelists will discuss questions such as:
- How will changes in net neutrality impact everyday life?
- How will self-driving cars change the world, and what are the ethical implications?
- What is the future of automation in industry? Should we be worried? What are the ethical dilemmas?
- How can Americans decide if it is safe to release private information to another party?
- What can the world do to protect elections from undue online influence?
- How will new discoveries in medicine change society and what are the unexpected consequences?
- How can policy makers keep up with technologies such as artificial intelligence?
- Should we be able to edit our genetic code with CRISPR Cas9 gene-editing technology? What if someone else edits our genetic code?
More information is here.
The Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making is a joint center of the USC Marshall School of Business, USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC Price School of Public Policy. The center is directed by Ali Abbas, a professor of engineering and public policy.
Experts at the conference who will lead discussions on ethical questions about timely issues and trends are:
- Ali Abbas, director of USC’s Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making
- Andrea Armani, professor of chemical engineering at USC Viterbi School and the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
- Timothy Blute, director of the National Governors Association Future office, which advises governors on policy matters for emerging technologies
- Ted Braun, associate professor at USC School of Cinematic Arts and documentary film producer
- Alexander Capron, biotethicist and University Professor of law and medicine for Keck School of Medicine of USC and USC Gould School of Law
- Gunnar Carlsson, expert in topology (the use of mathematics to study shape) and professor emeritus of mathematics at Stanford University
- Vint Cerf, “the father of the internet,” vice president and chief internet evangelist at Google
- Gary Cook, managing director of Cook & Company
- Kenneth Fletcher, former chief risk officer for the Transportation Security Administration
- Marsha Ershaghi Hames, global executive management advisor in corporate ethics and compliance programs
- Kirk Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University
- Randall Hill, executive director of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies
- Marianne Jennings, emeritus professor of legal and ethical studies at Arizona State University
- Jessica Levinson, president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission
- Naj Meshkati, professor of civil and environmental engineering for USC Viterbi School
- James O’Toole, professor and director emeritus of Neely Center for Ethical Leadership
- Max Senges, head of Google Hardwar’s User Resarch team and visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law
- Frank Zerunyan, professor of practice at the USC Price School
Other USC speakers are:
- Thomas Sayles, Senior Vice President of University Relations
- James Ellis, Dean of USC Marshall School
- Jack Knott, Dean of USC Price School
- Laura Mosqueda, interim dean at the Keck School of Medicine of USC
- Varun Soni, Dean of Religious Life at USC
- Yannis C. Yortsos, Dean of Viterbi School
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, March 30
USC Town & Gown, 665 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90089
More information about the conference is here.