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Student presents Machine Ethics research at online workshop


A University of Wolverhampton student presented her research at a high profile workshop profiling Machine Ethics.

Satwant Kaur, a second year student studying for a Computer Science degree in the School of Mathematics and Computer Science, took part in the workshop run by the Machine Ethics Research Group in the School of Computer Science at University College Dublin alongside practitioners, professionals, junior researchers, and senior academics from across the globe.

The Machine Ethics Research Group is an inter-disciplinary group that investigates technology and its impact on society, law, ethics, philosophy and fiction.

Satwant was one of five students who won a scholarship earlier this year to present a research poster to the British Computer Sociey Lovelace Colloquium at the University of Stirling, but because of the pandemic, was unable to attend due to the event being cancelled.

She said: “I love to travel and I was really looking forward to going to Scotland but sadly in the end, the whole trip had to be cancelled due to the lockdown.

“My poster proposed a system of ethics for technology based on the work of Polish science fiction author Stanislaw Lem. My lecturer, Dr Herb Daly, told me about an opportunity to develop my idea into a piece of research.”

The Machine Ethics Research Group held their second annual workshop online for the first time and although this is usually a Postgraduate forum, Satwant submitted her work and hoped it would make it through the selection process.

“I have always been keen on philosophy, so I re-wrote the contents of my poster as an academic paper. I was surprised and delighted when they accepted it and it was an amazing experience to present it online.”

Dr Herb Daly, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “Satwant was brave enough to take an opportunity in the middle of a global crisis. It is fantastic that she has been able to present her work at this level and contribute to international academic discourse. We hope that other students will follow her example in the future.”

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