Examining the ethics of scientific discovery – Cupertino Today


Examining the ethics of scientific discovery

Posted By: Staff Writer November 18, 2019

Stanford dialogue to hit hot topic

With artificial intelligence and genetic engineering continuing to shape the future of scientific innovation and discovery, questions about the ethical implications only seem to get more complicated.

Additionally, CRISPR – a tool for DNA sequencing and gene editing – is bringing new technological changes and advancements in a rapidly shifting landscape.

A panel discussion at Stanford University later this week, moderated by Russ Altman – a professor of Bioengineering, Genetics, Medicine, Biomedical Data Science and Computer Science at the university, seeks to discuss how AI and CRISPR are influencing these ethical quandaries and how they might influence the evolutionary process.

The two panelists for the free, sold-out event are leaders in the field. Jennifer Doudna, a professor of chemistry and molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley, helped discover CRISPR-Cas9. Fei-Fei Li is a computer science professor at Stanford in the university’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. She previously worked at the school’s AI Lab and at Google.

The Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence is hosting for forum at Stanford’s CEMEX Auditorium, 655 Knight Way. It is set for Tuesday, November 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

While the event has sold out of pre-registration tickets, limited general admission will be available at the site. It will also be livestreamed.

To see more details, click here.

To watch the livestream, click here.

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