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Cocktails and Public Policy: on Artificial Intelligence, Human Rights, and Ethics

  • The Harvard Club 375 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA, 02115 United States (map)

About our Panel:

Moderated by Mathias Risse (HKS; Carr Center for Human Rights Policy), the panel includes Jim Waldo (SEAS; HKS) and Lily Hu (FAS; Berkman Klein Center).


This event explores the ways in which artificial intelligence will affect human life, and its emerging ethics and human rights-related questions. Artificial Intelligence is advancing, reflecting a growing tendency to delegate decision-making to algorithms. Big data, namely the availability of enormous volumes of data on all kinds of human activity, further enhances the effectiveness of algorithms. New technology can assist, but also threaten, the goals surrounding human rights.

In the short-term, these dangers include perpetuating bias in algorithmic reasoning. In the longer term, concerns surround the ownership of data, the increasing power of technology companies, and changes in the nature of work. On an existential level, entities which are not alive in traditional ways, but may be sentient and intellectually superior to humans, threaten existing frameworks of morality.

$30 ticket price includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, and there is a cash bar available (cash only). 

Online tickets are available through Tuesday, October 1st at noon. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $35.

Later Event: December 15
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