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AI and Quantum Computing: Unpacking the Ethical Implications

October 26, 2023 at 6:00 p.m., EST
Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons, 5th Floor

Manhattan College is pleased to present our second forum led by panelists who are developing how we use and think about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Quantum Computing (QC), along with members of the Boards of Advisors of our six schools, who are working professionals across a wide range of industries. Together, these industry experts will help all of us explore and better understand the Ethical Implications of Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing.

The forum will be moderated by Michael Grabowski, Ph.D., chair of the Communication department,

who will ask the panelists a set of prepared questions, including,

  • How will the interaction between AI and Quantum Computing change the capability of either–and our lives?
  • What are the most critical ethical considerations as these two technologies become available and used?  
  • Should these technologies be regulated, and if so, how?
  • How do we manage the economic and environmental implications of these technologies?
  • How do we navigate the political biases of AI engines?
  • How do we manage the tradeoffs between acceptable use and censorship?

The conversation will be organic, based on contributions from the panel, the board of advisor members, and questions from the audience. The event will be livestreamed and recorded for future viewing via the Manhattan College Youtube channel.

We believe that this event will be really valuable in helping all participants better prepare for life with Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing.

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  • Prashant Reddy, PhD

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    Managing Director, Chief Architect for AI & Data, J.P. Morgan

    Prashant Reddy is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of an early-stage technology startup focused on Generative AI Agents for Enterprise. 

    Most recently, he was the Chief Architect for AI and Data and the Global Head of Data and Analytics Technology at J.P. Morgan Corporate and Investment Bank. In that role, he led several product, engineering and architecture teams. Prashant joined the founding team for J.P. Morgan AI Research in 2018 as Senior Research Director. 

    Previously, Prashant was at Google where he led the Machine Learning team for Android/IoT. Prior to that, he was a Product Lead and Senior Algorithms Manager at Nest Labs and the Founder and CEO of Lumator, a startup that provided AI-powered services to consumers in electricity markets. At Carnegie Mellon University, he co-created Power TAC, an open-source agent-based simulation platform for Smart Grid research and competition. Earlier in his career, Prashant was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley where he led engineering teams for algorithmic trading and distributed risk management. 

    Prashant has been a winner of the Canfield-Roseman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the McGinnis Venture Competition, the NYC Mentorship Award, and several internal awards at JPMorgan Chase, Google and Morgan Stanley. He has a few dozen patents and academic research papers published at top AI conferences including AAAI, ICML and NeurIPS. 

    Prashant has received PhD and MS degrees from the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University, an MBA in Finance and Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Computer Science from the College of Engineering at University of California at Berkeley.

  • Robert Geraci

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    Professor of Religious Studies and Manhattan College
    Robert M Geraci is professor of religious studies and faculty director for veteran success at Manhattan College. He is the author of Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality (Oxford 2010), Virtually Sacred: Myths and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life (Oxford 2014), Temples of Modernity: Nationalism, Hinduism, and Transhumanism in South Indian Science (Lexington 2018), and Futures of Artificial Intelligence: Perspectives from India and the U.S. (Oxford 2022). He has been a visiting researcher at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, the Indian Institute of Science, and the National Institute for Advanced Studies in Bangalore, India. His research has been supported by the US National Science Foundation, the Republic of Korea National Research Foundation, the American Academy of Religion, and two Fulbright-Nehru research awards, and he is a Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion. He enjoys hiking, kayaking, and Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Steven J. Randich

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    Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, FINRA

    Steven J. Randich, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), oversees technology at FINRA. Previously, Mr. Randich served as Co-CIO at Citigroup, and CIO and Global Head of Technology for Citigroup's Institutional Clients Group. Prior to joining Citigroup, he was Executive Vice President of Operations and Technology and CIO at NASDAQ, where he was responsible for all aspects of NASDAQ technology, including applications development and technology infrastructure.

    From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Randich served as Executive Vice President and CIO for the Chicago Stock Exchange. He was responsible for all technology, trading-floor and back-office operations, and business product planning and development. Prior to joining the Chicago Stock Exchange, Mr. Randich was a Managing Principal at IBM Global Services and a Manager at KPMG. Mr. Randich has an undergraduate degree in computer science from Northern Illinois University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

  • Faculty Moderator, Michael Grabowski, Ph.D.

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    Chair, Communication Department at Manhattan College

    Michael Grabowski, Ph.D., is Director of Game Design & Production and Professor in the Communication Department at Manhattan College. His forthcoming book, Ethics of Virtual Reality, will be published by Lexington Books in 2024, and he is the editor of Neuroscience and Media: New Understandings and Representations (Routledge, 2015). His work on documentaries, feature films, commercials, music videos, and news has played at the Guggenheim, the Smithsonian, several film festivals, and on broadcast and cable networks. Dr. Grabowski serves as a consultant for top television networks, producers, and new media companies. His work explores how different forms of mediated communication, including virtual reality and AI-generated media, shape the way people think and act within their symbolic environment.


Attending in Person

Doors to the Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons, Room 5B, will open to the public at 5:30 p.m. The panel discussion will begin at 6 p.m.

Attending Virtually 

The College invites those who are unable to attend this event in person to join us virtually for a livestream of the AI and Quantum Computing: Unpacking the Ethical Implications panel discussion

Artificial Intelligence Integration

Beginning in Fall 2023, all courses at Manhattan are AI Aware, meaning all assignments and work have been carefully vetted to make sure they can't easily be completed solely by an AI engine, but require student work and learning.

More importantly, a growing number of courses across the College are being designated AI Integrated, meaning students will be employing AI engines as part of their work and assignments and build on what AI has generated to create the finished product. In doing so, we believe students will be preparing to use AI productively and responsibly in their work and lives. 

We believe that AI engines are not an impediment to learning, but a powerful new tool that will change our work and lives, and must, therefore change education.