Diane Hosfelt, a software engineer at Apple focused on preventing fraud and abuse, will present "Ethics of Extended Reality: New Tech, New Data, New Problems?" in a talk co-sponsored by Cornell's Department of Statistics and Data Science, the Center for Teaching Innovation, Milstein Scholars (A&S), and ILR. The talk will take place at 4:30 p.m. Monday, November 7, in Gates Hall 01, with a reception to follow.
Bio: Hosfelt is a software engineer at Apple focused on preventing fraud and abuse. Previously, she researched mixed reality privacy at Mozilla after studying at Johns Hopkins University. She’s interested in the privacy and safety of emerging technology. A dedicated indoorswoman, she enjoys spending time with her cat, Batman.
Talk: Ethics of Extended Reality: New Tech, New Data, New Problems?
Abstract: Extended reality (XR) technology is widely used – from training warehouse employees to cancer treatment distraction. What was an emerging technology is now another digital interaction option. New data such as gaze length, movements, interaction choices can be easily collected. Does this create new problems?
Diane Hosfelt works on issues related to foreseeable ethical problems with XR and those that we don’t yet know. As XR is built-out can we avoid the knowable problems like harassment, bias, and discrimination? Can we consider those who are most likely to be harmed and develop an early warning system for emerging problems? Hosfelt will discuss the data issues and the use concerns to help focus attention on creating a better future using the technology.