An Ethical Crisis in Computing
Moshe Y. Vardi,
Rice University –
Computer scientists think often of “Ender’s Game” these days. In
this award-winning 1985 science-fiction novel by Orson Scott Card,
Ender is being trained at Battle School, an institution designed
to make young children into military commanders against an
unspecified enemy. Ender’s team engages in a series of
computer-simulated battles, eventually destroying the enemy’s
planet, only to learn then that the battles were very real and a
real planet has been destroyed.
Many of us got involved in computing because programming was fun.
The benefits of computing seemed intuitive to us. We truly believe
that computing yields tremendous societal benefits; for example,
the life-saving potential of driverless cars is enormous! Like
Ender, however, we realized recently that computing is not a
game–it is real–and it brings with it not only societal benefits,
but also significant societal costs, such as labor polarization,
disinformation, and smart-phone addiction.
The common reaction to this crisis is to label it as an “ethical
crisis” and the proposed response is to add courses in ethics to
the academic computing curriculum. I will argue that the ethical
lense is too narrow. The real issue is how to deal with
technology’s impact on society.
Technology is driving the future, but who is doing the steering?
Moshe Y. Vardi is University Professor and the George
Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering at
Rice University. He is the recipient of several awards, including
the ACM SIGACT Goedel Prize, the ACM Kanellakis Award, the ACM
SIGMOD Codd Award, the Blaise Pascal Medal, the IEEE Computer
Society Goode Award, and the EATCS Distinguished Achievements Award.
He is the author and co-author of over 650 papers, as well as two
books. He is a fellow of several societies, and a member of
several academies, including the US National Academy of
Engineering and National Academy of Science. He holds seven
honorary doctorates. He is a Senior Editor of the Communications
of the ACM, the premier publication in computing.
Joaquim Armando Pires Jorge
2021 European Researchers’ Night
How can Science contribute to the knowledge about the causes and effects of climate change and to climate neutrality by 2050?
The European Researchers’ Night is an initiative funded by the European Commission, through Marie Curie Actions, aiming to celebrate Science and reduce the gap between researchers and citizens. The European Researchers’ Night translates into a series of activities happening throughout the year culminating in a night of celebration of Science, taking place in several European cities.
The European Researchers’ Night 2021 (ERN2021) will take place on 24th September across Europe. The consortium’s activities, such as lectures, workshops, among others, under the theme “Climate Science“, will take place from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., in a hybrid format, i.e., with reduced face-to-face activities and a parallel programme fully online.
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INESC-ID ALUMNI TALK
INESC-ID ALUMNI TALK
24 September 2021 | 1pm- 2PM
The first INESC-ID Alumni Talk will take place next 24th September at 1pm, online via zoom.
Joining together INESC-ID researchers, students and trainees to share experiences, knowledge and create good memories again.
André Luís Martins
Senior Software Engineer, Hitachi Vantara
CEO and Co-founder, Codacy
Assistant Professor, Pattern Recognition & Bioinformatics, TU Delft
Moderador | Arlindo Oliveira
Researcher, INESC-ID | President, INESC Holding | Distinguished Professor, IST
André Luís Martins | Senior Software Engineer, Hitachi Vantara
Completed my graduate and master’s degree in Information Systems and Computer Engineering at IST (1999-2006), during the course of which I joined INESC-ID (2004-2007). I won a Fulbright Foundation Fellowship (2007) and joined Cornell University, USA, where I obtained PhD in Computational Biology (2007-2014). I then returned to Portugal and joined the private sector. First at SparkLegend (2014-2018) and finally at Hitachi Vantara (2018-present).
Jaime Jorge | CEO and Co-founder, Codacy
CEO and Co-founder of Codacy, the leading automated code review service with more than 750 customers and used by 200k developers around the world. He’s been working in the code quality and software engineering tools industry for over 10 years. He holds a MsC in Software Engineering from IST. Previously he was also a researcher in Natural Language in INESC-Id. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, surfing, BJJ, making good coffee and some modest reading and writing.
Joana Gonçalves | Assistant Professor, Pattern Recognition & Bioinformatics, TU Delft
Joana Gonçalves is an Assistant Professor in the Intelligent Systems department of the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in The Netherlands. She does research at the intersection of Pattern Recognition and Biomedicine, and is responsible for several courses in the Computer Science education programmes at TU Delft. Prior to her current position, Joana was a Postdoctoral Researcher jointly at the TU Delft and the Netherlands Cancer Institute from 2014 to 2017, and she held a personal Marie Curie fellowship at the Netherlands Research Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) from 2013 to 2014. Joana received a PhD in Computer Science from the Technical University of Lisbon in Jan 2013, and a 5-year Diploma in Computer Science from the University of Beira Interior in 2007. She did her PhD research at INESC-ID between Oct 2007 and Mar 2012, funded by a personal PhD grant from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). Joana was a Visiting Scholar at KU Leuven between 2009 and 2010, a Research Assistant at Imperial College London in 2012, and an invited Assistant Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico in 2013 before moving to the Netherlands.
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