The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Artificial Intelligence

Tech & Democracy Summit

Artificial intelligence has been both idolized and demonized. Some have welcomed it into their businesses. Others fear it will destroy our lives. This lively presentation will help you take a fresh, informed, balanced look at how AI is impacting our lives now...and what we can do to ensure it will continue to be a force for good in the future. Speakers include Dr. Anat Lior, Bonnie Kaplan, and Michael Lynch. Moderated by CT Public’s Lucy Nalpathanchil.

Dr. Anat Lior

Dr. Anat Lior is an AI Schmidt Visiting Scholar and Lecturer in Global Affairs with the Jackson School at Yale, and a Yale Afliilated fellow at the Yale Information Society Project. Her research interests include AI governance and liability, the intersection of insurance and emerging technologies and intellectual property law.


Bonnie Kaplan

Bonnie Kaplan is on the Yale faculty in medical informatics, bioethics, and law.  She was the inaugural chair of two Yale working groups and also headed several American and International Medical Informatics Associations' working groups and task forces on technology and ethics.  Most recently, she spoke about ethical and legal issues in AI, data, and social media for conferences and media interviews.  Bonnie’s latest writing in journals and books covers ethical issues in telemedicine, virtual health care, personalized medicine, data, and AI. Her international publications are among the most cited in these areas.

Bonnie’s B.A. is from Cornell University and her M.A. and Ph.D. are from the University of Chicago.  She is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and received the American Medical Informatics Association President’s Award.

Michael Lynch

Michael Patrick Lynch is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Provost Professor of the Humanities at the University of Connecticut.  His books have been translated into a dozen languages and include The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data, True to Life (Editor’s Choice, the New York Times Sunday Book Review) and Know-it-All Society, (winner of the 2019 George Orwell Award). Lynch’s work has been profiled in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post and many other publications worldwide; his 2017 TED talk has been viewed nearly 2 million times. He lives in Mansfield, CT with his family and one very philosophical dog.

Lucy Nalpathanchil

Lucy Nalpathanchil is Vice President of Community Engagement at Connecticut Public where she leads strategies to deeply connect and grow collaborations with community- focused organizations across the state.

Before becoming a member of the company’s senior leadership team, Nalpathanchil was the Executive Producer and Host of Connecticut Public’s morning talk show and podcast, Where We Live, for nearly seven years. Under her leadership, WWL went beyond news headlines and interviews with policymakers to feature more conversations about Connecticut and the stories of its residents.

Nalpathanchil has been a public radio journalist for more than 20 years covering everything from education to immigration, juvenile justice, and child welfare issues to veterans’ affairs and the military. Her reporting has taken her to all sorts of places, including a ride aboard a Coast Guard boat in Florida and to Tambacounda, Senegal, to talk with women journalists and farmers.

She’s contributed to National Public Radio and her stories have aired on several national NPR shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Weekend All Things Considered, Here and Now, and Latino USA.

In 2021, Nalpathanchil and the Where We Live team received a first- place award among large stations from Public Media Journalists Association or PMJA for this interview with a Norwich woman. In 2020, Nalpathanchil received a national Gracies Award from the Alliance for Women in Media in 2020 for her conversation with a Connecticut mother and her trans-son.


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