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A series of conversations that help students and others broaden their knowledge of our complex world.

Humanities NOW conversations, hosted by Natasha Bowdoin, School of Humanities associate dean and associate professor of painting and drawing in the Department of Art, are open to all students and the entire Rice community. They provide a sense of the wide variety of work scholars in the humanities are engaged in and how this work connects to current problems we face in society.

Humanities NOW

Ethics in the Age of Artificial Intelligence | Sept. 18, noon | Humanities Building 117

In an age where artificial intelligence can write term papers, drive cars and determine medical procedures, what role is there for ethical deliberation and decision making? Is it possible to program ethics into an algorithm? When might it be appropriate to defer to AI when it comes to morally weighty decisions? Robert J. Howell, professor and chair of Philosophy, will discuss these issues and argue that now, more than ever, it is important for us to understand ethical dilemmas and the reasons that help us resolve them.

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