Dr. William Barry
Maria Bot

The Ethics of Emerging Technology
By: Dr. William Barry

About Dr. William Barry


William Barry, Ph.D., is an artificial intelligence (AI) ethicist, Professor of Philosophy and Education, education leader and futurist, TEDx speaker, and a certified emotional intelligence coach. A pioneer in artificial intelligent being interactions and communications, Dr. Barry is the world’s first teacher of a socially advanced AI Android student and teaching assistant in a university. Today, Dr. Barry and his AI android teaching assistant Maria Bot help people understand the beauty and dangers of living in the new era of robots and AI.


Dr. Barry recently served as a visiting professor of philosophy and ethical reasoning at the United States Military Academy at West Point. A recipient of the Army Achievement Award and Medal for Patriotic service for his work teaching about the ethical use of AI in national security at West Point, Dr. Barry has also served as an expert panelist on the ethical use of AI, and the ethical use of semi and autonomous weapons at University of Oxford, Pembroke College.


An innovative pioneer in living educational theory, Dr. Barry created an original method of learning called artificial constructivism, defined by a person learning from an AI entity and then validating the potential knowledge constructed through a human who is competent in the subject area. He is also the author of the Picard Paradox. “The Picard Paradox occurs when a digital replication of a person is made with the intent of authentically and accurately transferring the person’s character and mind. When this occurs there exists the paradox that a human can never know if the ghost in the machine is authentic or a convincing simulacrum and therefore cannot be assumed to have the agency of the original human being.” (Source: Barry, William. “The Picard Paradox and other Ethical Issues of Human-AI Interaction.” Psychology of Interactive Media, 08 April 2020, University of Southern California. Lecture.)


Dr. Barry earned his Ph.D. from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in England, where he created a process for understanding quality in human communication and human-robot connection called Transformational Quality Theory (TQ. Theory). The TQ. Theory communication framework helps human beings and AI connect on biological, intellectual, emotional, sociological, and existential issues when in learning situations together.

Course Instructions

Registration: April 17-April 30

Course Dates: May 1- June 5 (Self-paced five-week course)

Class will be repeated throughout the year.
Course has a limit of 100 "happy students."

Emerging technologies are groundbreaking technologies in development, with the potential to notably impact life. Emerging technologies embody the potential to transform our perception and sense of reality, personhood, and identity in the world. We currently live in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, which is fast-paced and changing human culture and our natural environment in ways unprecedented in human history. As responsible citizens of the world, we face a challenge to understand how technology can affect the quality of life so we can make informed and rational decisions. 


Understanding and applying ethical decision making is critical if we are to construct a society that is life-affirming and honors the dignity and respect of life in this new historical age of artificial intelligence we live. Emerging technology is rarely, if ever, value-neutral and promotes specific values. This course will empower students through constructivist learning to accurately identify the ethical design and usage of emerging technologies and to assess the implications regarding the quality of life, both positive and negative, of introducing new technologies.


Course Delivery Method:

The course delivery method for this course includes participation in online discussions with classmates and personal reflection based on articles, teacher-created YouTube learning videos, and other e-resources located on an online learning management system called Top Hat app. Top Hat app is used by over 750 universities worldwide to organize online learning experiences to optimize your success as a learner.

Course Instructions and Registration:

Each student will send an email to Dr. Barry at Billybarry2525@gmail.com introducing themself in one paragraph and the reason for registering for the class. Students will receive in return directions on how to register for the class online on the Top Hat app. The Top Hat app contains all assignments for the course.

The learning tasks include 5-7 teacher produced learning videos, five brief articles, and three polls. Students will receive feedback within 24 hours on all assignments completed to confirm success or need to revisit a task.

**Students must complete all assignments by June 1 to complete the class and earn the GGA Learning Institute certificate honoring and denoting your learning success.**


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