Rotary Club Four of Seattle is the fourth oldest and seventh largest Rotary club in the world. As the featured topic for the club’s weekly lunch at the Sheraton before 250 business and civic leaders on May 27th, AI and Faith Founding Members and club members David Brenner and Rabbi Daniel Weiner participated in a panel on the Ethics of Facial Surveillance Software. Organized and moderated by Brenner, the panel also featured Shankar Narayan, the ACLU’s leading expert on the subject and Masid Fouladi, Director of the Washington Council on American Islamic Relations along with Rabbi Weiner, senior rabbi at the Pacific Northwest’s largest synagogue, Temple DeHirsch Sinai.
Following the lunch program, AI and Faith sponsored a second, deeper drill down in a meeting room at the Sheraton on China’s use of technology to strait jacket its Uigher population. This program provided the 25 attendees with an informal opportunity to engage three of the top experts in the Pacific Northwest on this issue: Richard Ellings, founder and president of the Bureau of Asia-Pacific Research; Brad Murg, political science professor at Seattle Pacific University; and Darren Bylar, professor of anthropology at the University of Washington. A key takeaway: all three voiced the view that China/US relations are at a 50-year crossroads, in part because of their battle for supremacy over deployment of AI-driven technology.