Karl D. Stephan

Karl D. Stephan received the B. S. in Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1976. Following a year of graduate study at Cornell, he received the Master of Engineering degree in 1977 and was employed by Motorola, Inc. and Scientific-Atlanta as an RF development engineer.

He then entered the University of Texas at Austin’s graduate program and received the Ph. D. in electrical engineering in 1983. He taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1983 to 1999, when he received an NSF Science and Technology Studies Fellowship in the history of technology.

He spent the 1999-2000 academic year at the University of Texas at Austin, and in 2000 accepted a position as Associate Professor in the Department of Technology at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas. In 2009, he was promoted to full professor and moved to the Ingram School of Engineering. He has also received an appointment as Adjunct Associate Research Professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Exporting enslavement: China’s illiberal artificial intelligence
15 Aug 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: artificial intelligence, China
The US has been slow to get up to speed on using AI for defensive purposes

Printing guns, again
6 Aug 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: 3-D printing, gun control, US
3-D-printed guns are inevitable but unlikely to make the US less safe 

Is Dr. Google ready to see us now?
23 Jul 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: Google-AI, health care
Life-and-death decisions should be made by responsible people, not just machines.

What’s wrong with police drones?
15 Jun 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: drones, police, privacy
For a start, think about how they could be used in China.

Should Google censor political ads?
8 Jun 2018 | CONNECTING |  
tags: censorship, Google, Irish referendum
Ireland's abortion referendum showed the internet giant has outgrown its fig leaf of neutrality.

Living, and dying, by algorithms
28 May 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: computer error, National Health Service, technology, UK
Did hundreds of women die in England because of a hidden computer error?

Google’s Duplex: fraud or helpful assistant?
23 May 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: artificial intelligence, Google, tehnology
What happens when we can't distinguish humans from technology?

Should Apple be so hard on secret-leakers?
17 Apr 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: secrecy, whistleblower
What’s the difference between an honourable whistleblower and a dishonourable leaker?

The Legend of King Minsky: an AI parable
9 Apr 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: AI, freedom, philosophy
The present philosophy behind artificial intelligence is false.

Why the US Communications Decency Act has been changed
23 Mar 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: human trafficking, internet regulation, sex slavery
Oddly enough, it was protecting sex traffickers.

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