News  |  ,   |  June 30, 2020

Notre Dame, IBM launch Tech Ethics Lab to tackle the ethical implications of technology

News article by Patrick Gibbons.
Published in Notre Dame News.

The University of Notre Dame in partnership with IBM today launched a collaboration that will address the myriad ethical concerns raised by the use of advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence, machine learning and quantum computing, to address society’s most pressing problems.

Funded by a 10-year, $20 million IBM commitment, the new Notre Dame-IBM Tech Ethics Lab will conduct applied research and promote models for the ethical application of technology within the tech sector, business and government.

Based at Notre Dame, the Tech Ethics Lab will operate as a separate unit within the University’s Technology Ethics Center (ND-TEC), conducting applied research that leverages Notre Dame’s growing strength in technology ethics and IBM’s deep expertise in artificial intelligence and other emerging areas of innovation, as well as IBM’s strong industry connections.

The lab will serve as the convener for technology-related ethics expertise, bringing together academia and industry to develop and deliver evidence-based ethics frameworks to address new and emerging technologies. Its work will be especially important as society grapples with the role of technology in moving us through and beyond the coronavirus pandemic, and in addressing systemic inequality that has come to the forefront in the dialogue around racial justice. [ . . . ]