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March 26, 2024

SVSU to host expert on artificial intelligence and neuroscience

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Saginaw Valley State University’s Field/Spicer Lecture will address artificial intelligence and neuroscience with ethics consultant Nita Farahany. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, April 9, at 7:00 p.m. in Rhea Miller Recital Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Titled “The Battle for Your Brain: Defending Your Right to Think Freely in the Age of Neurotechnology,” Farahany’s lecture will focus on the relationship between artificial intelligence (AI) and neuroscience. Farahany will address the questions and concerns that the rise of artificial intelligence can bring about.

With a focus on the impact on privacy, human rights and equity, Farahany will discuss both the risks and the rewards of AI and wearable technology.

A leader in the field of bioethics and technology, Farahany is the Robinson O. Everett Distinguished Professor of Law & Philosophy at Duke Law School and the founding director of the Duke Initiative for Science and Society. From 2010 to 2017, she served on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues advising President Obama. Farahany currently serves on the National Advisory Council for the National Institute for Neurological Disease and Stroke in addition to being an elected member of the American Law Institute and a member of the Global Future Council on Frontier Risks for the World Economic Forum. As co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law and Biosciences, Farahany is a leading expert on the topic.

This lecture is made possible by the Field/Spicer Endowment in Science and Engineering. This endowment was established by Dr. E. Malcolm and Mrs. Lois Field to promote interdisciplinary work that bridges health sciences, biology, engineering and technology, with an emphasis on the neurosciences. A world-renowned neurosurgeon and philanthropist, Dr. Field is the founder of the Field Neuroscience Institute (FNI) in Saginaw and has six decades of experience in his field. The endowment supports research, fellowships, and programming to promote research and education on the SVSU campus and in the community.