Broader Considerations of Technology (BCT) is a student group made of more than 15 Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Biology, and Philosophy students. BCT aims to address the risks of the direction of emerging technology and rising anxieties among society about technology. BCT focuses on considerations of technology, ethics, and the societal impacts of emerging technology.

In the inaugural BCT lecture on Artificial Intelligence and Employment, an interdisciplinary set of four professors with backgrounds in Law, Economics, Philosophy, and Computer Science were featured. The well-received first lecture has led to another lecture on Technology and Democratic Engagement with speakers from computer science and journalism.

Our conference on technology, ethics, and societal impact will be held in October of 2019. The conference aims to address emerging ethics from the development of cutting technology. We plan to achieve this by connecting and fostering dialogue among developers, philosophers, employees of local/regional technology-based companies, and local/regional policymakers through public (general and academic) lectures, applied ethics workshops, academic undergraduate and graduate poster sessions, a game jam, among other applied ethics-based programming.

BCT currently hosts a lecture series, a podcast, and an academic conference. BCT has a formal partnership with the UNL Robert J. Kutak Center for the Teaching and Study of Applied Ethics. Our advisor is Dr. Adam Thompson, the assistant director of the Ethics Center.

BCT has some grant funding from Bosch Global. We have also obtained an office space and are located near campus at Turbine Flats in Flat 211.

Learn about the EBCT Conference: EBCT 2019 Website

More Information

We want the Lecture Series to be mainly the effort of Ambassadors, as well as the students from other Departments, for the following reasons:

  • The talks are centered around students and those not in the department that can bring in fresh perspectives and are not entrenched in a certain way of thinking.
  • The lectures will allow students to have a say in the topic that they want to learn more about.
  • The series will encourage students to reach out to other disciplinary outside of their majors for different perspective on the topics they are studying or interested in.

Past Events

Videos of some past lectures can be found on the BCT YouTube channel.

Topic: Technology and Democratic Engagement
Date: Oct 24, 2018
Additional Information: The event’s invitation can be found here.

Topic: AI and Employment
Date: April 04, 2018
Additional Information: The event’s invitation can be found here.