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Cal Poly to Host Public Lecture on Ethics of Internet of Things on Jan 27, 2017

Jan 1, 2017

Lecture title:  

Barbies, Pacemakers, and Everything In Between: Building a More Ethical Internet of Things


“Only connect,” wrote the novelist E. M. Forster. But he was not a science fiction writer, and he was talking about people. These days, his quote is more likely to make us think about things. Engineers and business people are enthusiastically connecting more and more things to the internet. Should they? What are some questions that we should want people who design and build connected things to ask—and answer—before connecting, in order to ensure that the “Internet of Things” promotes, rather than endangers, the good life?

Speaker biosketch:

Irina Raicu is the director of the Internet Ethics program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, at Santa Clara University. She is an attorney and a Certified Information Privacy Professional. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including U.S.A. Today, MarketWatch, Slate, Re/code, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The San Jose Mercury News. Raicu is a graduate of the Santa Clara University School of Law and holds a bachelor's degree in English from U.C. Berkeley, as well as a master's degree in English and American Literature from San Jose State University. She tweets at @IEthics and is the primary contributor to the blog Internet Ethics: Views from Silicon Valley.  Link:

Event date/time:

Friday, Jan 27, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm.


Building 33-286 (Fisher Science Hall).

Other info:

This talk is free and and open to the public.

Sponsors: College of Liberal Arts’ Lottery Speakers Fund; Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Minors Program; and Philosophy Department.

For questions, please contact:

Dr. Patrick Lin
Associate Professor, Philosophy Dept.
Director, Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group 


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The United States government has created an unprecedented intelligence-gathering apparatus, allegedly capable of storing a hundred years' worth of the world's communications. What, if anything, is wrong with this staggering data collection andstorage? Is intelligence gathering necessary for safeguarding Americans? Or does it constitute an unjustified violation of privacy? Join Dr. Ryan Jenkins of Cal Poly's philosophy department for a presentation and discussion on the ethics of ubiquitous surveillance.

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Cal Poly to Host Talk on Enhancement Technologies and Disabilities on Jan. 22

Jan 5, 2016

Virginia Tech philosophy Professor Ashley Shew will present “We Can Rebuild You: Disabled Bodies and Technological Imagination” at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22, in Philips Hall in the Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly.

Virginia Tech Philosopher to Discuss Human Enhancement Technologies and Disabilities on Jan 22

Jan 4, 2016

Virginia Tech philosophy professor Ashley Shew will deliver a special invited talk on human enhancement technologies and disabilities at 11 am. Friday, January 22, in Philips Hall (Building 06-124 in the Performing Arts Center) at Cal Poly.

Shew’s talk is titled “We Can Rebuild You: Disabled Bodies and Technological Imagination.”

Cal Poly to Host ‘Yoga in America’ May Lecture Series

May 11, 2015

The Cal Poly Religious Studies Program will host two events exploring the history and challenges of yoga in America on Tuesday, May 19, and May 26 on campus.  

‘Perspectives on Religion and Society’ Series Set for February and March at Cal Poly

Mar 6, 2015

Cal Poly will host three events exploring “Perspectives on Religion and Society” from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 10 and 17, and Thursday, March 5, on campus. 

Santa Clara Ethics Professor to Discuss Software, App Design March 5 at Cal Poly

Mar 3, 2015

Santa Clara University Philosophy Professor Shannon Vallor will speak on “Ethics for Software/App Design” at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (Building 7) at Cal Poly. 

Influential Philosopher to Talk Jan. 29 at Cal Poly

Mar 3, 2015

Philosopher Bas van Fraassen will give a presentation at Cal Poly titled “Hempel’s Dilemma,” at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15), Room 135.


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