North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics

2022 Ethics & Leadership Conference: Should We Hack Humanity?


Ideas that were the stuff of science fiction a generation ago are shaping reality today. Scientists can edit human genes to avoid diseases and disorders, extend lifespans, and enhance athletic ability and IQ. Robots can transform work. Engineers can use artificial intelligence to reduce car accidents, make surgeries safer, and prevent acts of violence.

But just because we can harness the potential of technology in these ways, does that mean we should? If we do, what will be the consequences–good and bad–for fairness? For privacy? For democracy? Humans have the power to shape the future of technology in ways that are responsible, ethical, and humane. But we could also do the opposite.

If you are a high school student (grades 9-12) interested in exploring these ideas, join us for The 2022 Ethics and Leadership Conference: Should We Hack Humanity? Students will have the option to attend as an in-person field trip or a virtual conference. The in-person event will be held on Monday, October 31, 2022 on the Durham Campus of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. The day will be hosted by Noelle Silver, founder of the AI Leadership Institute. The cost for students is free. Registration opens September 1, 2022.

Why join?

  • Network with other students

  • Participate in problem solving sessions

  • Hear from experts in ethical technology

  • Learn about exciting new career paths

Noelle Silver Russell is a multi-award-winning technologist and entrepreneur who specializes in advising companies on emerging technology, cloud, AI and Web 3.0. She has led teams at NPR, Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon Alexa, and is a consistent champion for public understanding of the ethical use of AI and tech based on her work building some of the largest AI Models in the world. She is the founder of AI Leadership Institute and serves as an executive at IBM. She was recently awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for Artificial Intelligence as well as VentureBeat’s Women in AI Responsibility and Ethics award. For more information visit

Noelle Silver Russell - MC & Featured Speaker