The proliferation of AI has placed increased focus on the thorny topic of ethics: to what extent are developers responsible for—and to what extent can they encode—the ethical behavior of the AI applications they design? From the contrived trolley car problem to real-world scenarios such as autonomous vehicle fatalities, questions of responsibility, autonomy, and trust pervade prevailing discussions around the rapidly advancing capabilities of such systems.
Sheldon Fernandez draws on his degrees in both engineering and theology to separate fact from fad in ensuring that artificial systems behave ethically.
Sheldon Fernandez is CEO of DarwinAI. A seasoned executive and respected thought leader in the technical and enterprise communities, Sheldon has coupled his entrepreneurial endeavors with nontechnical pursuits throughout his career, resulting in an interdisciplinary approach that is critical to the intelligent application of AI. Sheldon is also an accomplished author and speaker at spaces including Singularity University, the prestigious think tank in the Bay Area, and he has written technical books and articles on many topics including both artificial intelligence and computational creativity. He holds a master’s degree in theology from the University of Toronto, with thesis work in neuroscience and metaethics, and also pursued creative writing at Oxford University.
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