Kristian Olsen | March 16, 2020
The Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center (ND-TEC) and the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) have partnered to provide up to two Technology Ethics Fellowships during the 2020-2021 academic year. The ND-TEC Fellows will spend all or part of the year in residence at the University of Notre Dame working on a technology ethics-related project consonant with the broader NDIAS theme, the Nature of Trust.
“ND-TEC aims to support multi-disciplinary research relating to the impact of technology on humanity,” said Mark McKenna, acting director of ND-TEC and the John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law. “That mission made a partnership with the NDIAS faculty fellowship program a natural fit, especially as their 2020-2021 fellows work to tackle the many challenges on the topic of trust.”
ND-TEC Fellowships are open to scholars, scientists, social scientists and artists in all disciplines who are conducting research on this topic. Fellows will receive half of their academic year salary (up to a maximum amount), subsidized housing (for those who currently reside outside of the South Bend area), a research allowance of up to $500 per semester, and a private office at the NDIAS.
“Ethical dimensions of technology are crucial topics in our Nature of Trust program next year,” said Meghan Sullivan, director of the NDIAS and the Rev. John A. O’Brien Collegiate Professor of Philosophy. “All of the scholars who have already committed to our residential fellowship program are working on projects with the capacity to transform our understanding of democracies, the economy, the internet, and the church. Now we are looking forward to adding new fellows and perspectives to this already diverse cohort of fellows.”
ND-TEC is also collaborating with the NDIAS to host a campus-wide conference in 2021 on the humanistic dimensions of technological innovation with science fiction writer Ted Chiang. Chiang has received numerous awards, including Nebula, Hugo, and Locus awards, and is known for critically-acclaimed stories such as “Tower of Babylon” and “Story of Your Life,” which was adapted into the science fiction film “Arrival.”
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