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HAI Monthly Community Building Reception - AI and Ethics

Date and Time
December 10, 2019 - 04:00pm–05:00pm


Rob Reich, Associate Director, HAI

Rob is professor of political science and, by courtesy, professor of philosophy and at the Graduate School of Education, at Stanford University. He is the director of the Center for Ethics in Society and faculty co-director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (publisher of the Stanford Social Innovation Review), both at Stanford University. He is also associate director of the Institute on Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.
He is the author or editor of several books on education and a book on the relationship between philanthropy, democracy, and justice: Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better (Princeton University Press 2018) and Philanthropy in Democratic Societies (edited with Chiara Cordelli and Lucy Bernholz). His current work focuses on ethics and technology, and he is editing a new volume called Digital Technology and Democracy (with Lucy Bernholz and Helene Landemore). He is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford University. He is currently a University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford. He is a board member of the Spencer Foundation and the magazine Boston Review.

Kate Vredenburgh, HAI-EIS Fellow

Kate received Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University. She works mainly on questions in the philosophy of social science and political philosophy. The overarching motivation guiding her research is to understand how background commitments influence modeling in the social sciences and computer science, to reflect on how they should, and to build fairer models on that basis. She also works on political and ethical questions inspired by the use of technology and social science by corporations and by governments. For example, Kate is currently working on a project arguing for a right to explanation, inspired by recent discussions surrounding the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and interpretability in computer science. Kate will join the Center for Ethics as an interdisciplinary ethics fellow in partnership with the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.


Todd Karhu, HAI-EIS Fellow

Todd received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the London School of Economics. Before LSE, he completed an M.Phil. in political theory at Oxford University. His doctoral dissertation focuses on theoretical and practical issues in the ethics of killing, and a few other normative matters involving death. On the theoretical side, he has worked on the relationship between the wrongness of killing and the badness of death and about how killing and dying relate to the metaphysics of time. On the more practical side, he has worked on the question of the extent of one's right to self-defense in the context of war and the moral duties people incur in virtue of killing others.