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“Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity to Maximize Machines”

John C. Havens, author of the funny, poignant, and accessible “Heartificial,” paints a vivid portrait of how our lives might look in either a dystopia of robotic and corporate dominance, or a utopia where humans use technology to enhance our natural abilities to evolve into a long-lived, super-intelligent and altruistic species. The lunchtime discussion was part of the Author's Group series at the Union League Club of Chicago.

Will A.I. Take My Job or Save It?: The Ethics of AI in the Workplace

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The future of artificial intelligence and automation technology have world-changing potential. Our society will see unprecedented gains in efficiency, brand new goods, and enhanced services, disrupting the status quo in ways not thought possible. These technologies also have the potential to devalue broad swaths of the labor market from blue-collar manufacturing all the way to the legal and medical professions. Join the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics (IBPE) for a discussion about the ethical implications of these technologies as we navigate the changes that lie ahead. Our panel includes experts in AI, robotic manufacturing, and community outreach.

The Maker Movement: Wonderfully Empowering or Ethically Worrisome?

Prof. Daryl Koehn led a short talk on the ethical issues surrounding 3-D printing, make-it-yourself physical spaces, entrepreneurship and more.  The event was held at DePaul's brand new makerspace and idea lab where attendees viewed a 3-D printing demo, took a tour of the Maker Hub, and enjoyed food and drink.

EAC 2.0: Ethics of Automation

Automation is changing our world every day, and the impact will touch people in every industry from the ground floor to the executive suite. Faculty were invited to learn about the ethical implications of this technological revolution in a special one-day session of Ethics Across the Curriculum.

Now Accepting 2018–2019 Wicklander Fellowship Applications

The Institute for Business and Professional Ethics is now accepting applications for the 2018–2019 Wicklander Fellowship.

The fellowship pays the awardee a $5,000 stipend paid during the course of the academic year, a $2,000 summer stipend and a professional development fund of $5,000 to cover travel, supplies, etc. that can be used during a two-year period. When possible, faculty are given a one-course teaching reduction during the year of the fellowship, which is up to the discretion of your department.

There is an expectation that you will publish the research produced during your time as a Wicklander Fellow and that you will submit the published work to IBPE once the article, book, book chapter, etc. has been sent out for publication. All applicants must include a line in their cover letter indicating that they understand and will fulfill this publishing expectation.

Faculty receiving the award are expected to give the annual Wicklander lecture, usually scheduled in late May/early June.

Interested faculty should prepare a one- to three-page description of their proposed research project as it relates to applied or professional ethics, a letter from their chair or dean supporting the nomination, a cover letter (including the language mentioned above) and their CV.

Application deadline: Friday, April 20

Please send the documents to Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, DePaul University 1 E. Jackson, Suite 5000, Chicago IL 60604 or electronically to For further questions contact Summer Brown at (312) 362-8786 or by email at

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