Lecture (April 11, 2019): Barry Lam: Fighting the Future: The Philosophy of Predictive Algorithms in Criminal Justice
Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College and host of the philosophy podcast Hi-Phi Nation on Slate
2019 THI Scholar-in-Residence
Fighting the Future: The Philosophy of Predictive Algorithms in Criminal Justice
Thursday, April 11, 3:15 – 5:00 pm
Humanities 1 Bldg, Room 202
At different stages of the criminal justice system, from policing, bail hearings, and sentencing, computerized algorithms are replacing human decision-making in determining where to police, who to arrest, who goes to jail, and who goes free. This talk will introduce people to how these algorithms work, the under-appreciated moral problems with their implementation, and how the future of criminal justice depends on decisions we make now about the risks we are willing to tolerate for public safety.
Organized by The Humanities Institute and the Center for Public Philosophy