As a key member of the UT Campus-wide Good Systems Project, the Urban Information Lab participated in the formal launch event. Good Systems invited Tim Hwang, director of the Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative, and Professor Sharon Strover from the Moody College of Communication to discuss the social implications of artificial intelligence.
“We use artificial intelligence technologies to entertain us, communicate, get places faster, make predictions, swipe left or right, protect our homes, drive more safely, and solve complex problems quickly and easily. AI is changing the way we do everything because it’s everywhere — from dating apps to the most advanced military weapons systems.”
The event concluded with a networking and poster presentation reception, in which Lab Director, Dr. Junfeng Jiao and Post-doctoral researcher, Chen Feng shared past and present research conducted for the initiative. Their field of inquiry addresses ways in which Artificial Intelligence can be beneficial to all segments of society, rather than just a fraction. Through cooperative research across dozens of departments throughout campus, students and researchers have come together with unique perspectives to address what it means to be AI to be “good” and to envision a future where AI-based technologies consider human values at their core.
Follow along with the Urban Information Lab as we continue our devotion to the Good Systems. For more information on the project, visit the Good Systems website.