Dr Annette Zimmermann, a postdoctoral research associate in Values and Public Policy at UCHV and at the Center for Information Technology, is part of an interdisciplinary team of colleagues that has developed a professional development seminar on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence for Ph.D. students at Princeton University. The aim of the course is to make foundational concepts and theories in ethics and political philosophy accessible to students from a wide range of academic research backgrounds - including psychology, politics, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and quantitative and computational biology. Throughout the year, the Ph.D. students used these foundational ethical concepts to analyze applied cases which highlight the opportunities and risks associated with cutting-edge machine learning technologies.
The expert team leading this course with Dr. Zimmermann includes Professor Ed Felten, the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs and director of the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP); Professor Chloé Bakalar, assistant professor of political science at Temple University and a visiting research collaborator at CITP; and Mr. Bendert Zevenbergen, a visiting research collaborator at CITP. The course is part of a series of activities resulting from a collaboration between UCHV and CITP, spearheaded by Professor Melissa Lane and Professor Ed Felten.