Science, Technology and Society Seminar: STS Circle at Harvard (via Zoom)


Monday, October 5, 2020, 12:15pm to 1:30pm


Online Only

“Shifting Baselines—Artificial Intelligence and the Ethical Singularity” 

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Andre Uhl, PhD candidate in Film and Visual Studies, Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies, Harvard University.


Paul Sherman

Co-sponsored by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University.

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Sheila Jasanoff, Faculty Associate. Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School.

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An ethical awakening has struck the tech industry in recent years, involving the emergence of AI safety research centers and ethics boards across leading companies at Silicon Valley, academia and politics. Recently, many of these initiatives have focused on multi-stakeholder governance approaches to support the inclusion of a wide range of voices, such as those from developing nations, from different faith traditions, and from Indigenous communities. My talk will explore the various processes of sense-making that continue to establish the imaginary of ‘ethical AI’ across these sociocultural contexts. Recognizing that this imaginary has always already been shaped by essentially contested definitions of intelligence, a critical inquiry into recent multi-stakeholder governance models allows to illuminate the shifting epistemic baselines that increasingly conceal the industry’s continued search for meaning in a technology in the making.

Speaker Bio:

Andre Uhl is a PhD candidate at Harvard University’s Visual Studies program working across art and design theory, cultural anthropology, science and technology studies, and the environmental humanities. His dissertation explores the ethics and governance of Artificial Intelligence through the posthuman predicament of climate change.  Andre currently serves as an executive member of the Council on Extended Intelligence, a reviewer at the Technology and Public Purpose Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a fellow at the MIT Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values. He was a research associate at the MIT Media Lab from 2016-19 and served as the graduate co-chair of the Sustainable Peace Working Group at Harvard Divinity School. Andre received his MA in New Media from Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan, and his BA in East Asia Studies and Visual Studies from Free University of Berlin, Germany. He is alumnus of the German National Academic Foundation and the MEXT fellowship program of Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.