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The ethics of artificial intelligence, and what to beware of as applications of AI expand

 Human hand with index finger outstretched, touching index finger of robotic hand, evoking Michelangelo's painting of the Hand of God
Cindy Han

This show is being broadcast live from Brunswick, with an in-person audience, as part of our "Maine Calling On the Road" series.

The White House recently released guidelines for federally backed research on artificial intelligence (AI). Our panel discusses the ethical questions that arise as AI advances—such as the controversial ChatGPT technology—become widely used. Can AI be a beneficial tool, or does it open up dangerous avenues for fake news, plagiarism and other negative applications?

Crystal Hall, associate professor, Digital Humanities; director, Digital and Computational Studies Program, Bowdoin College; focus on digital humanities
Eric Chown, Sarah and James Bowdoin professor, Digital and Computational Studies, Bowdoin College; focus on humans and machines
Fernando Nascimento, assistant professor, Digital and Computational Studies, Bowdoin College; focus on ethics

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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.