Duke University, Initiative for Science & Society

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Position ID:Duke-Initiative for Science & Society-AIR1 [#19551, 1420]
Position Title: Post-Bac Fellow
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Ethics / Cyber or Internet Ethics
Appl Deadline:2021/10/01 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/09/13, listed until 2021/10/01)
Position Description:    

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Occupational Summary
The AI Ethics Fellow will be part of a team of researchers that will evaluate the ethical, legal, and social implications of edge computing leveraging next-generation networks during a one-year fellowship.  This Fellow will contribute to a 5-year NSF research project, “Athena.”  The Fellow will work with the Athena teams to help embed ethical design and analysis in the major streams of work in the project.

About AI Institute “Athena”
Duke’s center, Athena, the NSF-funded AI Institute for edge computing leveraging next-generation networks, will support a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, statisticians, legal scholars, and psychologists from seven universities. The center aims to transform the design, operation, and service of future mobile systems and networks.
Work Performed
The Fellow will define the risks and taxonomy to be used across the project in the areas of algorithmic bias, risks of discrimination, the value of transparency (through interpretable, explainable, and/or auditable AI solutions), the implications for workforce changes and potential for deskilling, and distributive justice concerns including with respect to cellular networks, computing resources and bandwidth allocation . Through a series of educational modules built through case studies on each of these issues, the Fellow will interview leaders, end-users, engineers, and other relevant stakeholders to develop video training for students, engineers, and the public on the ethical dilemmas posed by AI. The Fellow will establish an ethics consultation framework to meet regularly with the project teams through workshopping of potential societal risks of AI, cellar networks and computational tools to help to identify potential design solutions and/or guidelines, regulations, and policy strategies to maximize the benefits and mitigate the societal risks of development of these tools. Throughout the project, the Fellow will develop a series of recommendations and guidelines across each of these dimensions to guide and inform the research teams in their research, design, and distribution of their research, and to inform regulatory and policy decision-makers on ethical approaches to research deployment.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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Further Info:
Science & Society
215 Morris St., Suite 300
Durham, NC 27701

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