Doug Zanes and Center for Leadership Ethics Illuminate Ethical Implications of ChatGPT at 2023 Executive Ethics Symposium

Aug. 8, 2023

As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to shape the business landscape, one innovative technology has caught the attention of business leaders, ethicists, and scholars alike—ChatGPT. The University of Arizona's Eller College of Management is taking a proactive stance in exploring the ethical implications of ChatGPT at its 2023 Executive Ethics Symposium. Spearheading this initiative is none other than Doug Zanes, a renowned attorney, founder of Zanes Law Injury Lawyers, and Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Center for Leadership Ethics

Doug Zanes

Zanes, a passionate advocate for ethical business practices, along with his wife Claudia, express their deep commitment to supporting the Center's event. He remarked, "As the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Center for Leadership Ethics at the University of Arizona's Eller College of Management, my wife Claudia and I are honored to support this event because of the value it brings to the business community at a local, national, and international level."

The Executive Ethics Symposium, once a local gathering, has now evolved into a global platform, streaming worldwide. It has become a testament to the Center's dedication to fostering a sustainable and morally conscious business environment. Zanes emphasizes, "The Center invests in our business leaders and hopes to foster ethical decision-making in all aspects of business. This year's symposium will focus on the profound influence of artificial intelligence and the ethical considerations it raises."

ChatGPT—the focus of this year's symposium—has been making waves across various sectors, offering remarkable opportunities while also posing ethical dilemmas. Paul Melendez, University Distinguished Outreach Professor and Head of the Center for Leadership Ethics, highlights the significance of ChatGPT and its societal implications. "The Executive Ethics Symposium will assemble a panel of world experts to understand the impacts of ChatGPT and provide thoughtful, practical, and ethical suggestions for the responsible use of ChatGPT that will benefit all stakeholders," he says.

The nascent technology's unprecedented rise has led to widespread adoption in the business and educational sectors, with potential applications ranging from customer support and content generation to personal assistants. However, such advancements also raise concerns about data privacy, algorithmic bias, and the implications of AI replacing human labor.

The 2023 Executive Ethics Symposium, scheduled for August 25th, 2023, from 8:30 am to 11:00 am AZ Time will be live streamed for a global audience. In-person attendance is by invite only, but all interested are encouraged to register to attend the equally engaging live stream event. This Symposium will offer a platform for engaging discussions on the ethical considerations surrounding ChatGPT. Esteemed panelists, including Matt Hashim, associate professor of MIS and Eller Fellow, Greg Heileman, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Arizona and Ricardo Vilanova, Partner, Intelligent Automation - Consulting, Ernst & Young, will lead the discussions.