News  |    |  April 30, 2019

Embedded EthiCS @ Harvard wins $150,000 grant

News article by FAS Communications.
Published in The Harvard Gazette.

Program aims to make everyday technology more ethical.

On Tuesday, Barbara J. Grosz, the Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), was named a winner in the Responsible Computer Science Challenge, a $2.4 million competition run by some of the biggest names in tech and civil society: Omidyar Network, Mozilla, Schmidt Futures, and Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

The $150,000 grant Grosz received will support the Embedded EthiCS program. A collaborative undertaking of the computer science and philosophy faculties, Embedded EthiCS seeks to teach the next generation of computer scientists to design systems that are morally and socially responsible. Consistent with the collaboration showcased by the Embedded EthiCS program, Grosz’s proposal for the challenge was developed with Alison Simmons, the Samuel H. Wolcott Professor of Philosophy and interim chair of the Philosophy Department, as well as with other faculty and graduate students from the Computer Science and Philosophy departments who work on the program.

“Harvard is seeking to create a new generation of computer scientists who are focused on what software should and shouldn’t do as much as they are on what software can do,” said Simmons. “This award will allow us to further enhance the ongoing collaboration between the Computer Science and Philosophy departments through increased cross-learning and cross-teaching.” [ . . . ]