Is AI Your Friend Or Your Foe?

Is AI Your Friend Or Your Foe?

Artificial intelligence has become an increasingly prominent topic in any conversation about technology and society. Despite the pushback against it in many fields, it has already become an essential part of using a digital device. We are right, however, to slow down and wonder why it is advancing so fast, who has a stake in it, and what we can do to correct its course in the cases where it poses a threat. Most importantly, what happens when AI leaves our computers and digital devices, and plays a role in everyday decisions that for some people could mean life or death?

Dr. Julia Stoyanovich, who is Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering and at the Center for Data Science, and Director of the Center for Responsible AI at New York University, has been exploring the questions of socially responsible AI and its relationship to human ethics and morality. Her publications include titles such as The Many Facets of Data Equity, Supporting Hard Queries over Probabilistic Preferences, and Taming Technical Bias in Machine Learning Pipelines. In addition to her academic work, research and scholarship, she also teaches courses on responsible data science, and the principles of database systems, with a number of works for a general audience, including an animated textbook on AI. She has also held public service positions in New York City on the responsible use of artificial intelligence, intelligence algorithms, and public policy.

(This post is part of Sinai and Synapses’ project Scientists in Synagogues, a grass-roots program to offer Jews opportunities to explore the most interesting and pressing questions surrounding Judaism and science. Dr. Stoyanovich’s talk was the opening event of Midway Jewish Center‘s series developed with Scientists in Synagogues, Living In The Tensions: Artificial Intelligence and Human Free Will: The Gifts, The Challenges, and Learning to Navigate The In-Between).

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