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Expanding Empathy Lecture Series: Adam Waytz

Lecture title: "Humans and Machines." Hosted by the Rock Ethics Institute’s Moral Agency and Moral Development Initiative—which is convened by C. Daryl Cameron, assistant professor of psychology in Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts—the Expanding Empathy lecture series provides a window into understanding when, why, and how people decide to have empathy and concern and to help other people.
by David Price Feb 24, 2021
When Mar 03, 2021
from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Where Virtual (Zoom)
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Humans and Machines



Adam Waytz

Morris and Alice Kaplan Chair in Ethics and Decision Management
Professor of Management and Organizations
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University


Abstract: Everyday life is increasingly humanless, with robotic technology replacing human jobs and performing tasks previously reserved for humans. This talk will explore the psychological implications of an automated world and will address such questions as: whether online technology helps or hurts empathy, how anthropomorphism influences people’s trust and blame toward a self-driving car, how to mitigate discomfort over robots replacing human jobs, how automation contributes to political discord and unity, and why awareness of automation’s effect on employment increases negative sentiment toward immigrants. Together, this research suggests the importance of considering the psychological consequences of automation alongside its economic and technological consequences.

Adam Waytz is the Morris and Alice Kaplan Chair in Ethics and Decision Management and professor of Management and Organizations. His research uses methods from social psychology and cognitive neuroscience to study the causes and consequences of perceiving mental states in other agents and to investigate processes related to social influence, social connection, meaning-making, and ethics.

Dr. Waytz's research has been published in leading journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Psychological Review. In recognition of his work, Dr. Waytz received the 2008 and 2013 Theoretical Innovation Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the SAGE Foundation Young Scholar Award, and the International Social Cognition Network's Early Career Award. He was also a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation from 2018–2019. Dr. Waytz received his BA in Psychology from Columbia University, his PhD in social psychology from the University of Chicago, and received a National Service Research Award from the National Institute of Health to complete a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University.

This talk will be presented as a Zoom webinar. PLEASE REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE!