Roundtable to explore the role of algorithms in our lives

The role that algorithms play in major areas of our lives will be the subject of an upcoming roundtable discussion sponsored by the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy.

“Is Your Life Decided by an Algorithm?” will be held at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 7 in the Miley Hall executive dining room. This is an approved Navigator event fulfilling the core value of consciousness of self.

Have you ever been denied credit or a loan? The chances are that the decision was made not by a human being, but by a complex algorithm using available information about your behavior. Algorithms also make major decisions in the justice system and in the realms of health and global finance.

The roundtable will be moderated by Dr. Sean O’Callaghan, assistant professor in the Department of Religious and Theological Studies, and Francis Quigley, research analyst at the Pell Center.

Roundtable discussions are open to Salve Regina students, faculty and staff. The Pell Center provides a free lunch. As space is limited, those interested in attending should RSVP to (401) 341-2927 or

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