New podcast addresses artificial intelligence
Hosted by Dylan Doyle-Burke, a PhD candidate studying ethics in artificial intelligence, each episode features a different guest offering observations and expertise on AI and ethics matters. Interviewees are asked ethical questions surrounding bias, transparency, accountability, privacy and other issues of morality that are at the forefront of the still-developing AI field.
Last winter, Doyle-Burke approached the institute with the idea to create a podcast that addresses one of the world’s most pressing ethical questions: how will AI technology shape our relationships with our work, ourselves and one another? Coming from a unique background as an ordained minister, he also wanted to create an interdisciplinary space to bring experts across the DU community together to engage with these questions from a diversity of perspectives.
“Imagine the possibilities of collaboration if we can create a platform engaging experts on technology ethics from across every discipline,” Doyle-Burke said when originally pitching the podcast idea to the institute. “There are so many questions and fears out in the world about how this technology will impact us all. This project could begin to help educate and engage with these questions by lifting up the voices of those at the forefront of the conversation.”
The Institute quickly saw the value in supporting the project and began to help Doyle-Burke plan to put this idea into practice.
“There currently does not exist a unified platform for these diverse efforts to dialogue and be featured to the outside world,” said Lorenzo Patelli, interim director of the Institute. “We created ‘Ethically Speaking’ as the first, single educational podcast focused solely on the pivotal issues of AI and ethics.”
By providing notable guests with a regular platform to speak on the issues of AI ethics, “Ethically Speaking” seeks to provide listeners with engaging, professional and educational commentary by bringing together voices in the industry and the academy for dialogue, collaboration and debate.
The podcast is perfect for anyone who is interested in exploring the ethical implications of AI and getting an in-depth view into how AI impacts various industries. In the first three episodes released in March 2020, topics included:
- Episode 1:“How Will AI Impact Our Hiring Process,” featuring Cynthia Fukami, professor in the Department of Management at the Daniels College of Business.
- Episode 2: “The AI Impacts of Ethical Data Collection,” featuring Micah Saxton, head librarian at the Iliff School of Theology and John Wesley, Iliff senior adjunct lecturer in religion and technology.
- Episode 3: “Machine Vision and AI Impacts of Patient Care,” featuring Muhammad Mahoor, professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering and director of the computer vision and social robotics laboratory.
New episodes are slated for release each month through June.
“Ethically Speaking” is sponsored by the Institute for Enterprise Ethics housed at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. The Institute for Enterprise Ethics was established as the vehicle to extend the University’s expertise and resources in professional and organizational ethics. The Institute’s mission is to serve the public good by integrating ethics into professional and corporate cultures.
Doyle-Burke is a PhD student in Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Denver. His research focus is on creating a theory of mind for AI and AI ethics. Doyle-Burke holds a bachelor of arts from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master’s of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University.