powersHAE Event: Ethics & AI — How Do Algorithms Know Right from Wrong?

An evening with William Powers ’83, author, MIT research scientist & entrepreneur. Hosted by the Harvard Entrepreneur Association (HAE) of SoCal.

Today, decision-making is increasingly being performed by AI-driven algorithms. William Powers (Harvard College ’83) – author of Hamlet’s Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age, regular contributor to the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and the New York Times, and researcher at MIT Media Lab — has been writing and thinking about the implications of technology on our lives and how to balance the good that comes from innovation against its unintended consequences. Join us as we discuss the tension between ethics and AI and the dichotomy of what is good for business vs. what is simply just good.

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 7:00 – 10:00PM
Location: Expert Dojo @ 395 Santa Monica Place, Unit 308 Santa Monica, CA 90401
Cost: $25 for HCSC Members (promo code: HARVAI-D)
Contact: Michael Kline, michael.kline.1966@gmail.com

Click here for the latest details and to register through the HAE website.

In addition to the featured speaker, we are also happy to announce the first-ever HAE Entrepreneur Showcase where 3-5 Southern California start-up companies – each of them with a member of the founding or senior management team having graduated from Harvard --  will be showing off their latest ventures both before & after the main speaker.
We invite everyone from the Harvard Alumni community as well as the broader Southern California start-up ecosystem:  venture capitalists, start-up founders, banks & law firms, and anyone who is interested in an evening of thought-provoking conversation and insights into the start-up experience.

About Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs (HAE) of Southern California

The Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs (HAE) is dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurship, promotion of innovation, and the ideals of leadership and learning. We are a 501(c)3, volunteer-run, Shared Interest Group of the Harvard Alumni Association. Since our beginnings in 2000, HAE has served as a meeting place for entrepreneurial alumni, students, faculty and staff from all of Harvard's schools. For more information about HAE of SoCal, please visit https://www.harvardae.org/socal.

About William Powers

William Powers is a former Washington Post staff writer and the author of Hamlet’s BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age. Widely praised for its insights on the digital future, the book grew out of research he did as a fellow at Harvard University. A New York Times bestseller, it has been translated into many languages. In 2014, he joined the MIT Media Lab as a research scientist and spent the next five years on projects aiming to ensure that artificial intelligence reflects human values and enables social progress. In 2019, he left MIT to launch a startup based on one of those projects. He has given keynote talks at conferences such as South by Southwest and the Aspen Ideas Festival. For more information about William Powers, please visit https://www.williampowers.com/.