Fall Ethics Symposium:

The Ethical Implications of Artificial Intelligence

This event took place on:
Nov. 4, 2021
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. PT

The Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making is a collaboration of the USC Marshall School of Business, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Now in its sixth year, the Center aims to foster discussions of applied ethics in commerce, public policy, and engineering among the university community and its surrounding neighborhoods, including students, staff, faculty, and community members.

Endowed by Jerry Neely, a University Life Trustee and 1958 graduate of the Business School, and his wife, Nancy Neely, the Center seeks to draw on the experience and wisdom of leaders in every field to focus attention on the great need for ethical consciousness among company leaders and professionals of all stripes.

This year’s conference, the fifth, examines the theme of Artificial Intelligence, its application in the professions, and attending ethical considerations. These questions will be at the forefront of our discussion: What place does AI have in business and the professions? Should it be considered just another technology or does it demand unique handling? What promise does it hold for elevating ethical consciousness where it is applied? On the other hand, must its presence be safeguarded with a special vigilance? Can technology ever approach the consciousness of humans? If it does, should the status of personhood—with both its rights and responsibilities—be considered for such technology?

Welcome & Ethical Dilemmas of AI in Application to Marketing
USC Marshall: Stephen Byars, Kalinda Ukanwa

Data, Ethics, and AI
USC Viterbi: Kristina Lerman and Fred Morstatter

Personhood, AI, and Moral Agency 
USC Dornsife: Sharon Lloyd

Public Policy, AI, and Ethics 
USC Price: Frank V. Zerunyan

Responsible AI and Applications for Social Good & Implications for the Future 
USC Viterbi Alumna: Marian Croak, Corporate Advisory Board


Past Events

Leadership Ethics to Cancel the Worst Effects of Disease and Social Injustice

This event took place on:
Thursday, October 29, 2020
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Description: This conference is intended to showcase ways in which business, technology, and public policy can collaborate to provide ethical solutions to the twin scourges of social injustice and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Introduction and Welcome
Geoff Garrett, Dean of USC Marshall School of Business

Resilient Ethics for a Sustainable Future
Facilitator: Frank V. Zerunyan, USC Price School

Compassion, Altruism, and Service to Neighbor and Community
Facilitator: Sharon Lloyd, USC Gould School of Law
Respondent: Ralph Wedgwood, USC School of Philosophy

Ethical Policies for Education at All Levels
Facilitator: Rt Honorable Charles Clarke, former UK Secretary of State for Education and Skills

How Faith Communities Contribute to Compassionate Ethics
Facilitator: Dcn Frank Chavez, Director, Diaconate Program, Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange

Resilient Ethics to Build Just, Cohesive Communities that Respond to Disease and Social Injustice
Facilitators: Marion Philadelphia, USC Marshall School of Business; Elizabeth Fife, USC Viterbi School of Engineering


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Next Generation Ethics: Where Do We Stand Conference


April 26, 2019 - 8:00 AM

USC Town & Gown 

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Summer School on Decision Making in Large Systems


June 24, 2018 - 10:00 PM

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Next Generation Ethics Conference


March 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

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National Science Foundation Workshop


October 29, 2015 - 12:15 PM

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 12:15

Abstract: The purpose of this workshop was to explore state-of-art methods for characterizing preference, value, and utility functions for systems engineering. A second objective was to explore methods for handling uncertainty. Characterizing preference, value, and utility enables decision makers to make quality decisions about a system. Preference, value and utility need not be linear functions of the various components of a system, and they depend on the engineering phenomena present. For example, value considerations in a high-speed machining job might consider various configurations of axial depth and spindle speed and their relation to tool life in order to maximize profit. Value can also include other attributes besides profit such as safety or environmental contributions. Because uncertainty is inherent in any system, the workshop will also discuss method for handling uncertainty.

Workshop Objectives:  Clarifying preference, value, and utility

.       Discussing state-of-art methods for characterizing preference, value and utility in systems engineering

.       Explaining common pitfalls in constructing preference, value, and utility functions in engineering

.       Increasing awareness about the importance of characterizing preference, value, and utility from engineering phenomenon in systems engineering, e.g. value functions for high speed milling or value characterizing in various engineering systems applications

.       Compiling a list of papers on the topic and having a special issue in a journal

Intended Audience:  Academia, Industry, Government



The Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA, 22203

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