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Speakers On Ethics In Technology

by Olivia Hunt
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The realm of technology is improving and expanding at a rapid, unprecedented pace—can our ethics keep up? From data privacy breaches and biased AI to automation and public safety concerns, the benefits of technology seem to come at a steep price. But, there’s some good newswe can mitigate tech’s adverse side effects by partnering its growth with robust ethical standards. 

In order to solve the ethical dilemmas recent technology has wrought, we need to be just as innovative as we have been in creating new technology. The following six speakers are experts in the tech industry as a whole, and more specifically, the intersection between emerging technologies and ethics. They offer audiences key insight and actionable plans in approaching ethical discussions and implementations. 

speakers on ethics in technology 

  1. James Williams, Research Associate at Oxford University, former Google strategist, and author of Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy 
  2. Paul ZikopolousAuthor, Future Trends Expert, & VP of Big Data & Cognitive Systems at IBM
  3. Kate Darling, Leading Expert in Social Robotics and MIT Media Lab Research Specialist
  4. Poppy CrumExpert in Technology-Driven Innovation & Human Evolution and Chief Scientist, Dolby Laboratories
  5. Neil Jacobstein, Chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University
  6. Vivek WadhwaFuturist, Emerging Technologies Expert, Author, & Carnegie Mellon University Distinguished Fellow and Professor

Keep reading for more information about each speaker on ethics in technology, as well as their specific speaking topics. 

james williams

Research Associate at Oxford University, Former Google Strategist, & Author of The Book, Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy

James Williams worked for over 10 years at Google, where he received the Founder’s Award for his work on search advertising. Becoming concerned about the reach of technology, he left Google and joined Oxford to study the impact of technology on human beings. He recently published Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy, an instant hit which the President of Princeton University selected as the 2019 book all incoming freshmen must read. Williams speaks about persuasive technology and its impact on human life, the ethics of technology and social media broadly, and how society and technology will co-evolve. | See more on James here

paul zikopolous

Author, Future Trends Expert, & VP of Big Data & Cognitive Systems at IBM

Paul Zikopolous, named a “Top 100 AI and big data Thought Leader” by Analytics Insights and one of “50 Big Data Twitter Influencers” by SAP, is an expert on the next generation of technological change. From the power of machine learning and voice-to-text to the opportunities in reading digital body language, Paul has extensive insight on what's to come in the tech industry--and how it will affect the world. He has been consulted on such topics by “60 Minutes” and multiple universities, and has been named an expert on big data by publications such as Big Data RepublicTechnopedia, and Analytics Week. | See more on Paul here

kate darling

Leading Expert in Social Robotics and MIT Media Lab Research Specialist

Dr. Kate Darling is a leading expert in robotics and human-robot interactions. She studies emerging AI and automation technology and talks about the ways these breakthroughs will impact human beings, industries, and societies in the near-term future.Able to take complex ideas and make them conversational and even fun, she is a research specialist at MIT, former Harvard professor, and former Yale fellow. At this year’s SXSW, she spoke on the topic, “Is it silly to care about a robot?” and touched on how humans will be impacted as robots enter the public sphere. | See more on Kate here

Poppy crum

Expert in Technology-Driven Innovation & Human Evolution and Chief Scientist, Dolby Laboratories

Dr. Poppy Crum, Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories and an Adjunct Professor in Computer Research at Stanford University, is an expert on “empathetic technology"--technology that knows how we feel and what we think. She recently spoke to Forbes about why, soon, devices will know more about our well-being than doctors. In fast-paced and thought-provoking presentations, Dr. Crum looks at how technology is starting to read human physiology to provide instant feedback that can enhance personal performance, health, and communication. | See more on Poppy here

Neil Jacobstein

Chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University

Neil Jacobstein is a founding faculty member and the chairman of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University, whose mission is “to educate, inspire and empower a new generation of leaders to apply exponential technologies”. He explores the real-world applications of AI and Robotics, and addresses technical opportunities, business strategies, and ethical issues. Energetic on stage, he provides powerful visuals and insights from deep experience in the field as well as an open and interactive Q&A. | See more on Neil here

Vivek wadhwa

Futurist, Emerging Technologies Expert, Author, & Carnegie Mellon University Distinguished Fellow and Professor

Vivek Wadhwa has been called “Silicon Valley’s most provocative voice” for his ideas on technology trends, globalization, US competitiveness, and the future. From tech entrepreneur and business owner to accomplished academic and widely published author, he served as a Stanford University research fellow and the Director of Research at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, where he taught courses on the impact of technology. Vivek now serves as a Distinguished Fellow and professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s engineering school in the heart of Silicon Valley. | See more on Vivek here

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