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Ethics in the Age of AI

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. Far from relegating philosophy and the humanities to the sidelines, the age of AI will be a time when we need these disciplines most.