Friday, October 8 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Dr. Judy Goldsmith
Professor of Computer Science, University of Kentucky
In this talk/class hybrid, Goldsmith will present a brief argument for using science fiction to teach computer ethics, and an enlightening overview of three principle Western ethical frameworks (utilitarianism, virtue ethics, and deontology). She will give a brief overview of the story, Today I am Paul, by Martin Shoemaker. The audience will then break into groups and each group will discuss the ethics of the characters' choices in the story. There will be a brief report-back period and summary of the relevant computer science themes. Goldsmith will then lead a discussion of how to generalize this experience to a real class, as well as mention of non-Western ethics frameworks as time allows. There is no expectation of prior familiarity with science fiction or computer ethics! Participants/attendees are strongly encouraged to read the story prior to the colloquium.
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