IfThen is a student group at UNL interested in technology, ethics, and the societal impacts of technology. We seek to mitigate the negative impacts of technology on society by raising awareness of the importance of ethical considerations for the development and deployment of emerging technologies. We aim to paint a clear picture of technology and its impact on interdisciplinary perspectives. Our goal is not to simply reduce the rising technology-invoked anxieties among society, rather we wish to provide guidelines and incentives and ultimately help redirect the direction of emerging technologies to establish technology as a force for good.
Currently, IfThen runs a lecture series, a conference, and a podcast all focused on tech, ethics, and society. In the inaugural IfThen’s lecture on Artificial Intelligence and Employment, an interdisciplinary set of four speakers 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 and plans to host an academic conference to engage philosophy students with technology developers (academia and industry) to address emerging ethics from cutting-edge technology.