The tradeoffs of technology

06/11/2019 11.50 - 12.30

BeginnerGreen stageBreakout session

Since the first human invented technology, we’vre struggled with the ethics of efficiency. Technology is knowledge put into practical use to solve problems or invent useful tools. And when those problems and tools replace human jobs, or change the social construct, we have to discuss tradeoffs. Until recently, technology was analog—levers, pulleys, wheels, and automation. But where the steam age replaced muscles with machines, the digital age replaces neurons with algorithms. In this digital era, tradeoffs are far bigger and more wide-ranging. In this session, we’ll look at where we should draw the line between rapid tech adoption and caution that borders on trepidation. Moderated by Alex Howard, it’s a critical discussion about the edges of tech and society.

Jesse Shapins
Jesse Shapins
Director of Development and Public RealmSidewalk Labs
Alexander Howard
Alexander Howard
Director of the Digital Democracy ProjectDemand Progress Education Fund
Parinaz Sobhani
Director of Machine LearningGeorgian Partners