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Ethics and Social/Corporate Responsibility Speaker Series - Mar 2024

Ethics and Social/Corporate Responsibility Speaker Series - Mar 2024
Thursday, 21 Mar 2024, 07:30 PM–09:00 PM
Zoom (Online)
Speaker Details

Jonnie Penn

Jonnie Penn

Jonnie Penn, FRSA, is an Associate Teaching Professor of AI Ethics and Society at the University of Cambridge. He is a historian of technology, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and public speaker. Penn serves as a Faculty Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, a Research Fellow and Teaching Associate at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, a Research Fellow at St. Edmund’s College and as an Associate Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. He was formerly a MIT Media Lab Assembly Fellow, Google Technology Policy Fellow, Fellow of the British National Academy of Writing and popular broadcaster.



Malavika Jayaram

Malavika Jayaram

Malavika is the Executive Director of the Digital Asia Hub. She is currently an Affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and has previously been a Fellow in residence, and a Faculty Associate. In a former life as a practising technology lawyer, Malavika was an Associate at Allen & Overy, London, and was Vice President and Technology Counsel at Citigroup EMEA. She taught India’s first course on information technology and law in 1997 (not a typo). Her activism around biometric identifiers, data privacy, and inequality in India and the majority world led her to pivot towards civil society and academia. She is interested in the stories we tell about technology, and in elevating Asian and non-Western narratives and perspectives.



Distinguished Speaker Series: Ethics and Social/Corporate Responsibility
Open To
SMU Community
Event Synopsis

"What the History of AI Says about its Ethics: Designing with Non-Use in Mind" by Jonnie Penn 

Since the term ‘AI’ was introduced in the 1950s, it has been used to describe three entirely different schools of thought about the nature of machine intelligence. Why is this? This talk introduces the forgotten forces behind the origins of ‘AI.' These complex histories provide rich evidence with which to calibrate speculation about AI and AI Ethics in the decades ahead. Additionally, I will explore a neglected trend related to non-use.


"Between the Lines" by Malavika Jayaram 

Through a series of exhibits and artefacts, this talk highlights the diversity of actors and practices that visualise ethical harms, and bring them into the mainstream.