Notre Dame-IBM Tech Ethics Lab
The Notre Dame-IBM Tech Ethics Lab was formed in partnership with IBM to address the many diverse ethical questions implicated by the development and use of advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, and quantum computing.
Funded by a 10-year, $20 million IBM commitment, the Tech Ethics Lab conducts applied research and promotes models for the ethical application of technology within the tech sector, business, and government.
"Through this partnership, we hope to develop research-based standards and practices to ensure ethical impacts of new technologies are considered throughout the entire development process." - Mark McKenna, Founding Director of ND-TEC
Based at Notre Dame, the Tech Ethics Lab operates as a separate unit within the Technology Ethics Center, leveraging Notre Dame’s growing strength in technology ethics and IBM’s deep expertise in artificial intelligence and other emerging areas of innovation, as well as IBM’s strong industry connections.
The lab serves as a convener for technology-related ethics expertise by bringing together scholars, policymakers, and industry to develop and deliver evidence-based ethics frameworks. Its work will be especially important as society grapples with the role of technology in moving us through and beyond the coronavirus pandemic, and in addressing systemic inequality that has come to the forefront in the dialogue around racial justice.