Technology and society are intertwined. Self-driving cars and facial recognition technologies are no longer science fiction, and data and efficiency are harbingers of this new world.

But these new technologies are only the beginning. In the coming decades, further advances in artificial intelligence and the dawn of quantum computing are poised to change lives in both discernible and inconspicuous ways.

“Even everyday technology, like a smartphone app, affects people in significant ways that they might not realize,” said Fermilab scientist Daniel Bowring. “If there are concerns about something as familiar as an app, then we need to take more opaque and complicated technology, like AI, very seriously.”

A two-day workshop took place from Oct. 31-Nov.1 at the University of Chicago to raise awareness and generate strategies for the ethical development and implementation of AI and quantum computing. The workshop was organized by the Chicago Quantum Exchange, a Chicago-based intellectual hub and community of researchers whose aim is to promote the exploration of quantum information technologies, and funded by the Kavli Foundation and the Center for Data and Computing, a University of Chicago center for research driven by data science and AI approaches.

At the workshop, industry experts, physicists, sociologists, journalists and more gathered to learn, share insights and identify next steps as AI and quantum computing advance.

“AI and quantum computing are developing tools that will affect everyone,” said Bowring, a member of the workshop organizing team. “It was important to us to get as many stakeholders in the room as possible.”

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Photo: Members of the Chicago Quantum Exchange engage in conversation at a workshop at the University of Chicago. Anne Ryan, University of Chicago

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