College of Design Research Forum: Ethics & Values for Reflective Urban Automation

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Urban automation’s potential to create disruptive technologies that change cities’ future development is already in evidence, but there is much more to come.

Urban automation refers to artificial intelligence, robotics, drones, and sensors are that being deployed in the built environment to support more efficient urban living and improved quality of life. 

While many benefits can be derived from urban automation, its various forms raise issues of access, privacy, safety, trust, control, and automated discrimination, that need to be addressed in its design and deployment.

The panelists of this College of Design Research Forum will explore ethical principles and values from a range of perspectives that include, autonomous vehicles, building AI and sensors, urban supply chain logistics, and disability services.

Forum panelists are:

  • Jason Borenstein -- Associate Director, Center for Ethics and Technology
  • Nancey Green Leigh -- Associate Dean for Research; Professor, School of City and Regional Planning
  • Carolyn Phillips -- Interim Director, AMAC Accessibility
  • Dennis Shelden -- Director, Digital Building Lab; Associate Professor, School of Architecture

About the Research Forums
The College of Design Research Forums are intended to allow the College community and our friends across the campus to experience the design- and technology-focused research at Georgia Tech. From music technology to product design; from assistive technology to healthcare; from architecture to city planning, we explore the many ways technology can solve critical problems for the way we live.

The final forum of the 2018-2019 academic year will take place March 7, from 11 a.m. until noon in the Caddell Building, Flex Space.


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  • Created By: Malrey Head
  • Created: 12/31/2018
  • Modified By: Malrey Head
  • Modified: 02/22/2019


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