AI Ethics

AI is a potentially transformative technology. The use of AI carries immense potential to improve people’s lives, but also threatens to undermine justice and democracy in our society. AI systems can exhibit bias against marginalized groups, entrench and expand existing oppressive hierarchies, threaten the livelihoods and power of workers, and undermine our understanding of the social and technical systems that structure our society. CDE’s AI ethics research is focused on understanding the opportunities and risks of this technology, in order to understand what it would take to employ these systems justly and legitimately in a democratic society.

Key Faculty:

Will Fleisher

Ethics and Epistemology of AI, Algorithmic Fairness, Explainable AI

Learn more about Professor Fleisher

Featured Scholarship:

Will Fleisher, Understanding, Idealization, and Explainable AI. Episteme 19(4): 534–560. 2022.


Will Fleisher comments on “the lure and danger of AI chatbots”  in a story by Cate Newman in The Windsor Star on May 2, 2023

Featured Events:

Prof. Laura DeNardis

Professor Laura DeNardis gave an AI policy briefing at the Russell Senate Office Building on Sept. 8, 2023.

The Center for Digital Ethics, in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, convened a two day workshop featuring new research on digital ethics by rising early-career researchers from various disciplinary backgrounds including philosophy, business ethics, and computer science. Learn more about the program

On Friday, April 21, three Center for Digital Ethics (CDE) faculty members spoke to a standing-room-only audience in a panel titled “AI Chat: Crisis or Human Evolution?” at John Carroll Weekend 2023 in San Francisco, CA.