Aquinas Lecture Series
The Aquinas Lecture Series at Saint Thomas Aquinas Chapel is pleased to present
Should We Fear Artificial Intelligence?
Tuesday, March 26, 7:30pm
Aquinas Student Center
6 North Eagleville Road on the UConn Storrs campus
Rev. Michael McFarland, SJ
We are often told that we are in the midst of an “AI Revolution,” with promises of enormous benefits for society, such as selfdriving cars, better medical diagnoses, more effective drugs, and smarter cities. Yet there are many anxieties about AI, some of them rooted in fear of the unknown. How legitimate are those fears? This talk will explore different meanings of AI, identify the ethical issues it raises, and offer principles to guide the development and use of AI.
Father McFarland is Treasurer of Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus, former President of the College of the Holy Cross, and a computer scientist. He earned a BA in physics at Cornell, a PhD in electrical engineering at Carnegie Mellon, and master’s degrees in both divinity and social ethics at Weston School of Theology. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1975 and was ordained a priest in 1984. He has been a consultant at AT&T Bell Laboratories, a faculty member in computer science at Boston College, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Gonzaga University. He has done extensive teaching, research, and writing in computer ethics.
All are welcome to this public talk. Please join us