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AI&F Ethics Panels and Key Note Finalized for National Faith ERG Conference, May 23-25 Washington DC

The third National Faith ERG Conference at Catholic University in Washington DC will feature two panels organized by AI and Faith on how Faith Employee Resource Groups can help integrate faith beliefs into personal and corporate ethics positions around artificial intelligence, including working internationally and cross culturally.  The panels are sponsored by AI&F Advisor Cathie Wood, the CEO and Founder of Ark Invest, who herself will provide the final keynote address for the conference.

Panel 1 is The Role of Faith and Beliefs in the Development of Ethical AI.  In this panel, software architects,  engineers, and a corporate ethicist discuss the intersection of faith and artificial intelligence including the fundamental ethical questions that arise in this transformative area of technology.

Panelists include:

  • AI&F Advisor Andrew DeBerry, 16 year AI veteran who has led AI trust and security initiatives in leading tech companies including Microsoft, Amazon, and more
  • AI&F Advisor Joanna Ng, IBM Master Inventor, pioneering AI researcher
  • Kaladhar Voruganti, Equinix Senior Fellow in the Office of the CTO
  • Brendan Newell, Microsoft Cybersecurity Architect,  participated in discussions related to The Rome Call Statement on AI and Ethics, contributor to AI-guided African irrigation service project

This panel is moderated by Marsie Sweetland, founder of Equinix FaithConnect.

Panel 2 is Faith, Tech and the Global Context, a discussion of how Faith ERGs in multinational companies can work cross culturally and across international borders to bring a global perspective to further better understanding and integration of faith beliefs with use of technology for better societal and business outcomes.  It features:

  • Ingrid Vanderveldt, founder of Empowering a Billion Women, which is working globally through imaginative use of connecting technology
  • AI&F Research Fellow Nicoleta Acatrinei, working with international empowerment grants and in faith-based investing in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Jeannice Fairrer Samani, an international AI tech consultant in Silicon Valley with extensive experience advising for profit and nonprofit organizations nationally and internationally
  • Chris Hsu, software engineer at Google active in the Google Interfaith Network;
  • AI&F Contributing Fellow William Barylo, a post-doctorate researcher at the University of Warwick studying the impact of AI and technology on Muslim communities.

The panel is moderated by AI&F Executive Director David Brenner.

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