28 episodes

We use religion and philosophy as resources to answer today's ethical challenges involving technology. We have interviews with experts and audio essays discussing the details of how to make decisions in our own lives. You can find more information at digethix.org.  The podcast is hosted by Seth Villegas. Seth attended Stanford University before receiving his PhD from Boston University in 2023. He helps teach ethics to computer science and data science students at BU, and he does research on emerging movements that focus on technology.

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We use religion and philosophy as resources to answer today's ethical challenges involving technology. We have interviews with experts and audio essays discussing the details of how to make decisions in our own lives. You can find more information at digethix.org.  The podcast is hosted by Seth Villegas. Seth attended Stanford University before receiving his PhD from Boston University in 2023. He helps teach ethics to computer science and data science students at BU, and he does research on emerging movements that focus on technology.

    27: How Should You Manage Your Data? 'Designing Data Governance from the Ground Up' with Lauren Maffeo

    27: How Should You Manage Your Data? 'Designing Data Governance from the Ground Up' with Lauren Maffeo

    Can you ever have so much data that it becomes unmanageable? Are there ways make the way you use data more effective? In this episode, Seth talks to Lauren Maffeo about how to design a data governance framework that will best suit your needs.

    Lauren is a service designer at Steampunk, a human-centered design firm serving the federal government. She is also a founding editor of Springer’s AI and Ethics journal and a former area editor for Data and Policy, an open access journal with Cambridge University Press. She also teaches courses on design at George Washington University. She is the author of the book, Designing Data Governance from the Ground Up: Six Steps to Build a Data-Driven Culture.

    Links to more from Lauren:

    LinkedIn
    Twitter
    Book - 35% off E-book with code: DATAGOV23
    Lightning talk at Open Source Summit North America

    Credits:
    Music: “Dreams” from Bensound.com
    Episode art: Nicole Smith


    Contact us:
    digethix.org
    facebook.com/digethix
    twitter.com/digethix
    instagram.com/digethixfuture
    EMAIL: digethix@mindandculture.org

    • 50 min
    26: Should You Use ChatGPT in Class? A Guide for Teachers and Students

    26: Should You Use ChatGPT in Class? A Guide for Teachers and Students

    When ChatGPT dropped in November 2022, it had teachers and students scrambling to figure out what to do with this new service. Seth outlines four main ways to handle ChatGPT in the classroom and notes some pitfalls of using ChatGPT uncritically.

    Potentially Helpful Links

    Vectoring Words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQddtTdmG_8
    AI Models & Language Models: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rURRYI66E54
    GPT-4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zW33LfffPc&list=PL1v8zpldgH3pQwRz1FORZdChMaNZaR3pu&index=82
    https://monkeylearn.com/natural-language-processing/

    Credits:
    Music: “Dreams” by Benjamin Tissot from Bensound.com
    Episode/Podcast Art: Nicole Smith
    Contact us:
    digethix.org
    facebook.com/digethix
    twitter.com/digethix
    instagram.com/digethixfuture
    EMAIL: digethix@mindandculture.org

    • 13 min
    25: Should You Use Dating Apps? And Other Romance Questions with Ethicist Kate Ott

    25: Should You Use Dating Apps? And Other Romance Questions with Ethicist Kate Ott

    Should you use dating apps? What skills do you need to form a relationship? What role does technology play in our relationships? Ethicist Kate Ott helps us answer these questions and more.

    Dr. Ott is the Jerre and Mary Joy Stead Professor of Christian Ethics at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She received her PhD in Christian Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary and her Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School. She is the author of several books, including two on technology, Christian Ethics for a Digital Society and Sex, Tech, and Faith: Ethics for a Digital Age.

    Credits:
    Intro/outro Song: Dreams, composed by Benjamin Tissot

    Potentially Helpful Links:
    https://www.pewresearch.org/ft_2020-02-06_datingtakeaways_01/
    https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2023/02/02/key-findings-about-online-dating-in-the-u-s/
    https://news.stanford.edu/2019/08/21/online-dating-popular-way-u-s-couples-meet/ 
    Contact us:
    digethix.org
    facebook.com/digethix
    twitter.com/digethix
    instagram.com/digethixfuture
    EMAIL: digethix@mindandculture.org

    • 46 min
    24: Parenting in the Digital Dystopia with Dr. Loretta Brady

    24: Parenting in the Digital Dystopia with Dr. Loretta Brady

    How can parents navigate the landscape of technology? How our experience with technology differed by generation? How do we build trust across these generations.

    Dr. Brady has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University and currently works as a Professor of Psychology at St. Anselm College.  She has written a forthcoming book on the topic called, Technology Touchpoints: Parenting in the Digital Dystopia. The book explores potential developmental moments that impact kids for the rest of their lives. 

    Potentially Helpful Links:
    https://lorettalcbrady.wordpress.com/
    https://twitter.com/profbrady
    https://www.brazeltontouchpoints.org/
    https://www.amazon.com/Technology-Touchpoints-Parenting-Digital-Dystopia/dp/1538163926#:~:text=Technology%20Touchpoints%20is%20a%20compelling,our%20families%20and%20our%20lives.

    Credits:

    "Dreams" by Benjamin Tissot
    Contact us:
    digethix.org
    facebook.com/digethix
    twitter.com/digethix
    instagram.com/digethixfuture
    EMAIL: digethix@mindandculture.org

    • 54 min
    23: Twitter's Bias Bounty Program and The Ethics of Research with Dr. Borhane Blili-Hamelin

    23: Twitter's Bias Bounty Program and The Ethics of Research with Dr. Borhane Blili-Hamelin

    How do we determine what is ethical in technology? How do we do ethical research? How do we bridge gaps in expertise? How do we discover and resolve resolve ethical problems?

    In this episode, Dr. Borhane Blili-Hamelin discusses the challenges of interdisciplinary research and his workshop on Twitter's bias bounty program. Bo has a PhD in philosophy from Columbia University. He founded Accountability Case Labs, which seeks to leverage expertise in different fields towards accountability in artificial intelligence Research. Bo currently works as a consultant for BABL AI.

    Potentially Helpful Links:

    https://borhane.xyz/
    https://accountabilitycaselabs.xyz/
    https://blog.twitter.com/engineering/en_us/topics/insights/2021/algorithmic-bias-bounty-challenge


    Credits:
    Music: "Dreams" from Bensound.com


    Contact us:
    digethix.org
    facebook.com/digethix
    twitter.com/digethix
    instagram.com/digethixfuture
    EMAIL: digethix@mindandculture.org

    • 50 min
    22: What is Digital Ethics?

    22: What is Digital Ethics?

    What is digital ethics? Why should you care? In this episode, we go over some basic definitions and plans for Season 3 of the podcast.

    Potentially Helpful Links:

    https://www.scu.edu/ethics/focus-areas/technology-ethics/
    https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250074317/automatinginequality
    https://ndpr.nd.edu/reviews/technology-and-the-virtues-a-philosophical-guide-to-a-future-worth-wanting/


    Contact us:
    digethix.org
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    twitter.com/digethix
    instagram.com/digethixfuture
    EMAIL: digethix@mindandculture.org

    • 14 min

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