Roundtable: Ethics in AI

Kent Walker, Google, Brendan McCord, US Department of Defense; EVP, Tulco, LLC, Rashida Richardson, AI Now Institute, and Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review

MIT Technology Review's Gideon Lichfield hosts a discussion on ethics in AI with Kent Walker, Brendan McCord, and Rashida Richardson.

Kent Walker, Senior Vice President of Global Affairs, Google

Kent Walker has worked at the nexus of cutting-edge technology, policy, and legal issues for over 20 years. He currently oversees Google’s legal, policy, and compliance affairs, product policies, philanthropic efforts, and work with governments around the world. Before joining Google, Kent held executive positions at leading technology companies, including eBay, Netscape, AOL, and Airtouch Communications. He served as an assistant US attorney with the US Department of Justice and advised the attorney general on technology policy issues. At the start of his career, he worked as a litigator specializing in government and public law issues. Kent graduated with honors from Harvard College and Stanford Law School. He has served on the boards of a variety of industry associations and currently serves on the Harvard Board of Overseers and the Mercy Corps Social Ventures Fund. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Brendan McCord, Senior Advisor for AI, US Department of Defense; EVP, Tulco, LLC

Brendan McCord is Executive Vice President of Tulco, LLC; President of Tulco Labs; and Senior Advisor for AI to the US Department of Defense (DoD). Brendan drove AI transformation within DoD as founding Chief Architect of the DoD Joint AI Center (JAIC) and primary author of the first DoD AI Strategy. Previously, he led a team of deep learning researchers and engineers at a startup backed by Bill Gates, was an early stage venture investor at Lux Capital, and served in the US Navy as a submarine officer, spending 600+ days underwater. Brendan is an Advisory Board member of the Harvard Data Science Review, an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a Technology Advisor to US Special Operations Forces, and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds an SB from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Rashida Richardson, Director of Policy Research, AI Now Institute

Rashida Richardson designs, implements, and coordinates AI Now’s research strategy and initiatives on the topics of law, policy, and civil rights. Rashida joined AI Now after working as legislative counsel at the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), the New York state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she led the organization’s work on privacy, technology, surveillance, and education issues. Previously, she was a staff attorney at the Center for HIV Law and Policy, where she worked on a wide range of HIV-related legal and policy issues nationally, and she also worked at Facebook and HIP Investor in San Francisco. Rashida currently serves on the advisory board of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project and the board of directors of the College & Community Fellowship. She received her BA with honors in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University and her JD from Northeastern University School of Law.

Gideon Lichfield, Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review

Gideon Lichfield has been the editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review since December 2017. He spent 16 years at The Economist, first as a science and technology writer and then in postings to Mexico City, Moscow, Jerusalem, and New York City. In 2012 he left to become one of the founding editors of Quartz, a news outlet dedicated to covering the future of the global economy that is now widely recognized as one of the most innovative companies in digital media. Gideon has taught journalism at New York University and been a fellow at Data & Society, a research institute devoted to studying the social impacts of new technology. He grew up in the UK and studied physics and the philosophy of science.


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