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Unethical Engineering: Understanding the Discrepancy Between Intent and Behavior in Tech 

June 10, 2022

Clarifai, an AI startup translating images and video into structured data, was committed to philanthropic practices such as donating software to socially beneficial causes. This was the Clarifai that Liz O’Sullivan was familiar with when she joined the team in 2017. 12 Several months later, O’Sullivan found herself in a...

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The Emotional, Political, “Oxymoronic” Engineer 

June 10, 2022

Far before I ever stepped foot into a CU engineering classroom, I swore off the idea of ever working for an oil company. I’ve always been a staunch environmentalist and from that perspective, fewer industries can be blamed for the earth’s environmental collapse than oil companies. Fast forward to me...

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Climate Migrants: People on the Move

June 10, 2022

When we think of the devastating impact of climate change, our first thoughts are probably about melting ice caps, rising ocean water, and ecological collapse. However, we often miss the human element. One of those impacts will be changing human migration patterns. Climate change will cause more people to leave...

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Herbst Fellows pursue ethical and social impacts of engineering

Feb. 28, 2022

Six students from across the College of Engineering and Applied Science were selected as Herbst Fellows this semester, joining an elite group of scholars who embody the program’s commitment to ethical engineering study and practice.