We are very pleased to have Dr Malcolm Brown, Director of Mission and Public Affairs for the Church of England, join us for this ART-AI Seminar entitled ‘Doing right and being good – what is ethics and why worry?‘ on 12th November. Abstract and Bio below:
Abstract: The difference between right and wrong sounds simple, but how do we know where to draw the line? And is the idea of right and wrong something that people can all agree on? This session will look at the nature of ethics, the key questions the discipline addresses and why ethical questions not only lead to intense disagreement but are often impossible to resolve in a way that everyone can accept. So, if we are interested in questions about how to live a good life or build a good society, what resources should we be drawing upon? And, if ethics is indeed a contested discipline, how can we talk of ethics in relation to AI which can cross so many social and political boundaries?
Bio: The Revd Prof. Malcolm Brown is Director of Mission and Public Affairs for the Church of England, Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester and an Honorary lecturer at the University of Bath. In his day job, he is responsible for a small team of specialist ethicists who advise the church on matters of public policy and social ethics. His own research background is in political economy and the ethics of market economics. Malcolm has taught ethics in a number of universities at undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral levels. His books include: After the Market (Peter Lang, 2004); Tensions in Christian Ethics (SPCK, 2010) and Anglican Social Theology (CHP, 2014). He has contributed to many multi-authored books including, most recently, works on ethics in AI and post-digital contexts.