Recent events involving MIT and its relationship to certain individuals, institutions and even nation-states, have brought attention to the ethical challenges of accepting largesse from the wealthy and powerful.
MIT Students in Action
Friday, April 5, 2019
Recently, a new student group has formed and has quickly become a galvanizing force on campus. The initiative took hold during Henry Kissinger's visit while the College of Computing's hosted three days of festivites in late February. The group, MIT Students Against War (SAW), has been continuing to organize events and raise the conscienceness of MIT students and the wider community.
The Half-Way Point
Monday, March 25, 2019
Embarking on spring break allows us some slight breathing room to assess how the semester is going, as well as allowing us to continue planning for our up-coming programs. We have had some excellent, thought-provoking events thus far, including the on-going initiative encouraging the MIT community to consider MIT's relationship to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Voicing Your Concern
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Over the past few months, concern has been increasing regarding MIT's decision-making process and the lack of transparency and community input. The recent events leading up to the three-day celebration for the "ethically centered" College of Computing and the invitation of Henry Kissinger to our campus created a storm of protest, led by a concerned group of MIT students, staff and faculty.
The Semester Begins!
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
The semester has begun and with it the undergraduate ethics seminar that we co-host with MIT Philosophy. We are incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Abby Everett Jaques teaching the class this semester. Dr. Jaques received her PhD in Philosophy from MIT and is now teaching for the department. Her area of interest and research is the ethics of AI--certainly a timely and provocative issue.
#MeToo and Worker Power
Sunday, December 9, 2018
On Tuesday, December 11 at 7pm in Room 6-120, we will be hosting a conversation about #MeToo and worker power. It'll focus on last month's walkout at Google, and we'll be joined by one of the leading organizers of the walkout at the Google Cambridge office.
Looking Forward and Reflecting Back
Monday, November 26, 2018
As we return to campus following the Thanksgiving break, we here at Radius are grateful to have been able to catch our collective breath before heading into the last of the semester. As we enjoyed a few days to reflect and express gratitude for all we have and for the people in our lives, that circle includes the amazing array or speakers we've hosted this semester. In particular, the speakers for our series on the 2018 Elections provided invaluable insights into the election.
Probing the Ethics of Innovation
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Since the 20th century, the United States has been a “Miracle Machine” of innovation, pioneering groundbreaking inventions ranging from the Internet to genetic editing tools to artificial intelligence systems. These innovations have been life-changing, but their widespread deployment has also brought unintended ethical, and social consequences that, in some cases, have put our health, happiness, and democracy in danger.
Tech Is Broken. How Do We Fix It?
Saturday, October 27, 2018
This Wednesday, we have the pleasure of hosting Moria Weigel and Ben Tarnoff, two prominent tech journalists and authors. Both Moira and Ben have written extensively about the tech industry and the increasing scrutiny of these industries.
The Thin Veneer of Civilization
Sunday, September 30, 2018
On Tuesday, September 25, former General Michael Hayden spoke to a packed audience in 10-250; an event entitled "Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in An Age of Lies" which is also the title of Hayden’s new book. Both the former Director of the CIA (2006-2009) and the NSA (1999-2005), Hayden has never been known as a liberal political figure.