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The Waterloo Chair in Science & Society (Heather Douglas) is co-hosting Wendell Wallach from Yale University on February 9 and 10, 2016. Wendell is currently at the University of Ottawa as the Fulbright Research Chair and will be giving a series of three talks during his visit to Waterloo.
Towards a Comprehensive Approach for Responsible Innovation and Effective Oversight of the Emerging Technologies
The emerging technologies which include, but are not limited to, genomics and synthetic biology, IT and robotics, nanotechnology, regenerative and personalized medicine, and clean energy and geoengineering pose unique ethical and societal challenges. If we are to maximize the benefits of emerging technologies and minimize the risks new approaches for responsible research and innovation and adaptive oversight and governance will be needed. Any truly comprehensive approach will function on many levels:
1.) to defuse assumptions that can drive technological innovation beyond a humanly manageable pace.
2.) to recognize inflection points and take concerted action before they disappear.
3.) to reinforce core values, such as the responsibility of a human or corporate agent for any technology deployed.
4.) to integrate societal values and impact into the design process for new technologies.
5.) to decouple critical infrastructure from overly complex systems.
6.) to monitor when major technological thresholds are about to be crossed.
7.) to coordinate the activates of the various stakeholders.
8.) to engage the public in a full conversation about goals for society in light of emerging possibilities.
9.) to put in place effective yet flexible and adaptive oversight mechanisms (anticipatory, soft, and hard governance).
A brief bio of Wendall Wallach....
Wendell Wallach Chairs the Technology and Ethics Study Group at the Yale University Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, and also serves as a Senior Advisor to The Hastings Center. His recent book is entitled, A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology From Slipping Beyond Our Control. Together with Colin Allen (Indiana University) he co-authored, Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong. He is presently visiting Fulbright Research Chair at the University of Ottawa.
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