SF State to Roll Out Certificate Focused on Artificial Intelligence Ethics

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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WALL STREET JOURNAL -- San Francisco State University is launching a graduate certificate in artificial-intelligence ethics this fall, one of the first programs aimed solely at this issue.

The idea is to expose graduate students and professionals to the social and ethical considerations related to the technology, said Dragutin Petkovic, a computer-science professor at the University who came up with the idea last fall.

Carlos Montemayor, an associate professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University, said the program will touch on bias in data used for law-enforcement and credit decisions, as well as how AI creators can work to prevent prevailing biases in society from “seeping into our algorithms and programs.”