Dylan Wheeler

dylan wheeler

Dylan Wheeler, from Bow, New Hampshire, will graduate from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in May 2020 with a bachelor of science degree in information technology and a bachelor of arts in philosophy. He is a Hamel Scholar in the Honors Program and will be graduating with honors in both majors. Wheeler completed his research on artificial intelligence with a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) grant, which laid the foundation for his philosophy senior thesis. “I have always been fascinated with the ways society interfaces with technology,” Wheeler says. “When I learned of these astonishing new deepfake technologies, I saw how serious the implications could be and wanted to learn everything I could about them.” He heard about Inquiry from his advisers at UNH and decided to submit his research to encourage a broader audience to engage with his work. “One of the most frustrating parts of this research was that new and sometimes conflicting information was literally popping up every day,” he says. “By the time I finished the summer, I realized that I had only scratched the surface of these nuanced and complex issues.” Wheeler plans to continue his work with his EdTech startups after graduation, noting, “I’d like to leave a positive mark on the technologies of tomorrow. Artificial intelligence is an unbelievably powerful tool but must be developed responsibly and thoughtfully.”