In This Episode

  • A deep dive into ethical questions around AI, including the trolley cart problem, and others raised and considered at MIT.



Speaker: Bernhard Trout - Profession AI & Ethics, Director, Society, Engineering & Ethics, MIT

Bio: Bernhardt L. Trout is the Raymond F. Baddour, ScD, (1949) Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the MIT Society, Engineering, and Ethics Program. He received his S.B. and S.M. degrees from MIT and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition, he performed post-doctoral research at the Max-Planck Institute.

After having integrated humanities in engineering courses for over a decade, in 2009, with several colleagues, Trout started the MIT Society, Engineering, and Ethics Program. Its aim is to broaden and deepen the understanding of MIT engineering students, focusing on the societal and ethical implications of engineering. He has taught Ethics for Engineers to undergraduates at MIT for over a decade and recently launched a version focusing on the Ethics of AI. He also co-teaches a course on the Ethics of AI for professionals through MIT Short Programs. His research focuses on applications of quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics together with experiments to develop pharmaceutical products and processes. This includes developing advanced manufacturing technologies, public outreach, and the application of machine learning to pharmaceutical product design. He is co-editor of the 2016 volume Mastery of Nature and has published over 200 technical papers with 18 patents issued or pending.