Grey Mirror #9 Tim Hwang, Harvard + MIT: The Politics and Theater of AI Ethics

This is a podcast from MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative on technology, society, and ethics called Grey Mirror (Soundcloud, Youtube, iTunes, Spotify).

In today’s episode, I interview Tim Hwang, the director of the Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative (a $26M AI ethics fund), and an old co-founder of the Awesome Foundation. We chat about the current politics around AI ethics, how movements in civil society can be co-opted by companies, how to build ethics into an academic field, and the impacts of micro-grants.

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Disclaimers: This interview is not investment advice. The views and opinions expressed in this article are my own and do not reflect my employer :). I own less than $5000 of any given cryptocurrency, so my monetary incentive is not too aligned with Bitcoin, Ethereum, etc.