Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: With the topic of ethics and algorithms, the cycle of applied ethics conferences began

The inaugural lecture was given by the academic from the University of Pennsylvania, Michael Kearns, who addressed the topic “The Ethical Algorithm.” It was held virtually and had about 140 attendees. 

The joint inauguration of the new Bachelor’s Degree in Data Science Engineering and the Cycle of Conferences in Applied Ethics was recently held . It is an interdisciplinary initiative developed jointly by various UC faculties to promote discussion, reflection and action on ethical issues on different aspects of current relevance.

This first cycle has a very attractive program, which covers diverse topics, such as data science, climate change, the common good, the environment and animals, development and the look of integral ecology, the economy and the business.

The organizer of this series of conferences is Professor Juan Larraín, from the Faculty of Biological Sciences . “The objective of this cycle is to promote discussion and interest in contingent ethical issues, and thus promote the generation of a transversal initiative throughout the university that promotes training, research and public contribution in various issues of applied ethics”, Larraín explained.

Before the first conference, the rector Ignacio Sánchez gave a welcoming message , in which he expressed that it is very necessary to have ethical reflection in the face of the new knowledge that is emerging: “Currently, there is a very interesting debate in relation to neuro-rights . Its definition, relevance and possibility of being incorporated into the future Fundamental Charter on which our country is working in the next constitutional process are analyzed. Hence the importance of understanding and improving the data science behind algorithms ”.

“The objective of this cycle is to promote discussion and interest in contingent ethical issues, and thus promote the generation of a transversal initiative throughout the university” – Juan Larraín, academic Faculty of Biological Sciences

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Paula Aguirre, in charge of the new Data Science Engineering career, indicated that the objective is “to train professionals with advanced skills in statistics, mathematics, programming, computing and modeling. This allows us to work with the large volumes of data that are created today ”. 56 students joined this new career.

The inaugural lecture was delivered by the academic from the University of Pennsylvania, Michael Kearns, who addressed the topic “The Ethical Algorithm.” It was carried out virtually and had about 140 attendees to the YouTube channel of the Institute of Mathematical and Computational Engineering (IMC) .

“In his conference, Kearns explained that if we want data science and artificial intelligence to really benefit society, it is essential to understand how these processes work, use them to produce ethically acceptable results, and include experts in the legal and ethical discussion. in the area that they can understand the feasibility of the proposed solutions, “explained Pablo Barceló, director of the Institute of Mathematical and Computational Engineering .

“Kearns explained that if we want data science and artificial intelligence to really benefit society, it is essential to understand how these processes work, use them to produce ethically acceptable results, and include experts in the area that are involved in the legal and ethical discussion. can understand the feasibility of the proposed solutions “- Pablo Barceló, director of the Institute of Mathematical and Computational Engineering.

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