Join us at 4 p.m. Thursday, November 19, for an Info Sci Colloquium on Liberation Technology with guest speaker Terry Winograd.

Winograd is Professor Emeritus in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University.  During his 40 years of teaching and research he created and directed the Human-Computer Interaction Group and the teaching and research program in Human-Computer Interaction Design. He was a founding faculty member of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (  and of the Liberation Technology Project at the Center for Development, Democracy, and the Rule of Law. He is a Fellow of the Stanford Human-Centered AI Institute.  He has been a consultant to a number of companies, including Google, founded by Stanford students from his projects.

Winograd was a founding member and National President of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. He is a member of the ACM CHI Academy and an ACM Fellow. He received the 2011 CHI Lifetime Research Achievement Award. He is on the board of Corporate Accountability International and is Vice-Chair of the board of Bend the Arc, A Jewish Partnership for Justice.

During his PhD program at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab in the late 1960s he did pioneering research in artificial intelligence, in particular natural language understanding,  His 1986 book with Fernando Flores, Understanding Computers and Cognition, marked a major departure in the philosophical foundations underlying AI research. He edited the book Bringing Design to Software in 1996, bringing a broader perspective to software and HCI design. Winograd has been married to Prof. Carol Hutner Winograd, MD for 52 years and has two daughters and five lively grandsons.

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Title: Bringing Ethics to Technology Design

Abstract: Events of the past few decades have opened up urgent new conversations about the ways in which technological advances can have destructive as well as beneficial effects.  This recognition opens the question of who is responsible for anticipating and shaping the impacts of technology, and what methods and principles they can apply.  Drawing on examples from my more than a half century of  wrestling with these questions, I will present some distinctions and directions that I hope will help all of us participate in shaping the future that we are designing.