Seth Villegas

Postdoctoral Researcher

Focus: Technological Ethics

Seth Villegas is a postdoctoral fellow for Boston University’s Spark! Program and the Computational Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Initiative. In this role, Seth teaches data science ethics in Spark! courses and acts as a risk consultant on Spark! projects. He designed an assessment process that helps undergraduates to understand the risks associated with their projects.

Seth earned his PhD in Theological Studies at Boston University. His research interests include the ethics of experimental life-extension technologies and of posthumous chatbots, AI companions designed to mimic lost family members and friends. Seth hosts a podcast, called DigEthix, that he hopes can demystify the ethical challenges of emerging technologies.