Manhattan College to Host Conference on the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Education and the Workplace

Thought leaders will discuss the profound implications of AI and the challenges it will bring.

AI IconArtificial intelligence (AI) is beginning to have a profound impact on the educational system and Manhattan College will play a critical role in how AI will transform the lives of its students. This rapidly evolving technology will also have a significant impact on the workplace. Experts say this is only the  beginning of the AI revolution.  

On Thursday, March 23 at 6 p.m., Manhattan College will host “The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Work and Education.” Learn more about how you can attend the event, which will be held in Kelly Commons 5B and is open to both the campus community and the general public. The goal is to make this the first of many conversations about AI hosted by the College. The event will be livestreamed and recorded for future viewing via Manhattan College Facebook and Youtube channels. 

“The release of ChaptGPT last November sent shockwaves throughout the educational system and throughout the world,” said William Clyde, provost, Manhattan College. “Understanding the potential of artificial intelligence in the workplace and in our lives is a vast and complex challenge. Manhattan College is excited both to play a thought leadership role in developing that understanding, and to transform our curriculum and courses to ensure that  our graduates are prepared for success in an increasingly AI-integrated world.” 

The AI forum will bring together thought leaders from multiple industries who can help the community make sense of the changes in education resulting from AI, including the heavily scrutinized ChatGPT and other recently introduced technologies. The College’s board of advisors, who represent each of the schools and a wide range of industries, will also be on hand to discuss the potential of artificial intelligence. 

The forum’s panelists will be: 

  • Noreen Krall  '87, is the former chief litigation counsel and vice president for Apple Inc. Krall left Apple in December 2022 after the company reorganized its in-house legal unit. As chief litigation counsel, she handled all aspects of Apple's global commercial and intellectual property litigation. Krall led a team that held one of the largest litigation dockets in the industry. 
  • Eileen Murray '80, is an American financial services executive and former co-chief executive officer of Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund, with more than $140 billion in assets under management. She was named co-CEO in 2011, becoming the second-longest serving chief executive in Bridgewater's history after founder Ray Dalio. 
  • Robert K. Otani, P.E,, is chief technology officer at Thornton Tomasetti Inc., a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm. He founded the CORE, the firm’s applications development, advanced computational modeling, and R&D group. He has extensive structural design experience involving commercial, infrastructure, institutional, cultural and residential structures on projects totaling over $3 billion. 

The forum will be moderated by Michael Grabowski, Ph.D., chairperson of the Communication department, who will  foster an organic conversation, based on contributions from the panel, the board of advisor members and the audience. The forum will include a ChatGPT demonstration and the chatbot will be an active participant during the panelists’ discussion. 

Among the many topics that are expected to be discussed: 

The current use of AI across multiple industries, the benefits of AI in the workplace, artificial intelligence and ethical concerns, how AI is already being used in education, the technology’s  impact on teaching and learning, and the role of policymakers in regulating AI. 

As part of Manhattan's commitment to thought leadership and preparing our students for our changing world, starting in fall 2023, the College will offer a wide range of courses that are “AI integrated,” including this critical technology as part of the educational experience of every student. Learning these skills on the college level will prepare students to be productive and responsible users of AI when they enter the workplace.

Visit the conference homepage to register for the forum and for more information.   
By David Koeppel