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‘New tech’ to be examined in Interfaith Lectures

CHAUTAUQUA — Chautauqua Institution’s fourth week of Interfaith Lectures focuses on “Ethics in a Technologically Transforming World?” which will examine the ethical, spiritual and religious dimensions of “new tech” at 2 p.m. each day. Noreen Herzfeld explores humanity’s relationship with technology, and asks how autonomous we should allow technology to be. Herzfeld is the Nicholas and Bernice Reuter Professor of Science and Religion at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict, and is a frequent speaker on the prospects for AI, ethical issues in technology, and Islam. To view the lecture, visit assembly.chq.org.

Sewer district meeting is Tuesday

There is be a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Portland, Pomfret, Dunkirk Sewer District. The meeting will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the town of Dunkirk meeting room on Willow Road.

Any member of the public wishing to attend the meeting must call the district office at 753-7788 so we can plan for social distancing. Face coverings/masks are required for those attending.

‘Big tech’ focus for Chautauqua Lecture Series program

Chautauqua Institution’s nine-week season features weekday lectures focusing on weekly cultural themes. Week Four examines “The Ethics of Tech: Scientific, Corporate and Personal Responsibility,” in which speakers in the 10:45 a.m. Chautauqua Lecture Series program explore the tremendous and sometimes harmful impact Big Tech companies and their products have on society. Deborah G. Johnson examines new technologies that challenge both cybersecurity and the integrity of elections, and how we as citizens can ethically and responsibly navigate a digital world of disinformation, deepfakes and general foreign interference. Johnson recently retired as the Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Professor of Applied Ethics in the University of Virginia’s Department of Engineering and Society. Assembly online allows guests to sign up for a 90-day free trial at chq.org/2020-assembly. Following the 90-day trial period, membership will be $3.99 per month.

Murray Hose No. 4 to meet August 3

Murray Hose No. 4 will meet Monday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. at Hose No. 4 fire hall in Dunkirk. Those attending are required to wear a mask.

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