Embedded EthiCS in the Gazette

November 2, 2020
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An article on Harvard’s Embedded EthiCS program has been published in the Harvard Gazette. The program, which was founded by Professor Barbara Grosz (Natural Science) and Professor Alison Simmons (Philosophy) and is co-directed by Simmons and Jeffrey Behrends (Philosophy), creates and incorporates ethical modules into Harvard’s computer science courses:

“Through Embedded EthiCS, [computer science] students learn to identify and think through ethical issues, explain their reasoning for taking, or not taking, a specific action, and ideally design more thoughtful systems that reflect basic human values. The program is the first of its kind nationally and is seen as a model for a number of other colleges and universities that plan to adapt it, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University."

You can read the article here. Alison Simmons is the Samuel H. Wolcott Professor of Philosophy. Jeff Behrends is a lecturer on Philosophy and Director of Ethics and Technology Initiatives at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.


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