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The Societal Impact of Robotics Forum

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Three Leading Minds Talk on the Impact of Robotics:

• David Rose of of Singularity University: "What Jobs Will Exist In 50 Years..."

• Jules Polonetsky of the Future of Privacy Forum: "Protecting Your Privacy and Legal Rights In the Age of Alexa"

• Nuzha Yakoob of Festo Robotics: What Can Nature Teach Us About Robotics & The Future of Manufacturing

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David Rose is not only the track Chair for Finance, Economics and Entrepreneurship at Singularity University but is also an Inc 500 CEO, serial entrepreneur and an early stage venture investor, sometimes described as “the father of Angel Investing in New York”, “top dog in tech” and “the Patriarch of Silicon Valley”.

As an entrepreneur, David has founded half a dozen companies since his first one at the age of ten, and has personally raised tens of millions of dollars of venture, strategic and institutional capital. He was named to the Inc 500 list as CEO of one of the country’s fastest growing private companies, and has been described as a “world conquering entrepreneur” by BusinessWeek.

As an angel investor, David founded and chairs New York Angels, one of the largest and most active angel investment groups in the US. He has personally invested in over 70 early stage companies, and serves on the boards of directors of KoolSpan, Magnify Networks, Social Bomb, Comixology, and Pond5.

David writes about early stage investing and entrepreneurship on Quora and Twitter as @davidsrose, and on his blog,


Jules Polonetsky serves as CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that seeks to advance responsible data practices. FPF is supported by the chief privacy officers of more than 110 leading companies, several foundations, as well as by an advisory board comprised of the country’s leading academics and advocates. FPF’s current projects focus on Big Data, Mobile, Location, Apps, the Internet of Things, Wearables, De-Identification, Connected Cars and Student Privacy.

Jules previous roles have included serving as Chief Privacy Officer at AOL and before that at DoubleClick, as Consumer Affairs Commissioner for New York City, as an elected New York State Legislator and as a congressional staffer, and as an attorney.

Jules serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Copyright Information. He has served on the boards of a number of privacy and consumer protection organizations including TRUSTe, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and the Network Advertising Initiative. From 2011-2012, Jules served on the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.

In 2001, Crain’s NY Business magazine named Jules one of the top technology leaders in New York City. Jules is a regular speaker at privacy and technology events and has testified or presented before Congressional committees and the Federal Trade Commission. His writing and research can be found on Google Scholar ( and SSRN (


Nuzha Yakoob is currently the Product Manager for the electromechanical, motion control and robotics products and solutions from Festo Corporation ( A professional in motion control and mechatronics with over 20 years experience in the field of Industrial automation holding a degree in Electronics and Electrical engineering.

Nuzha is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET – UK) and the Robotics & Automation Society (RAS) chapter of the Institution of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (MIEEE-USA) Nuzha’s expertise ranges from system design, programming and system implementation to project management of systems involving motion control, mechatronic systems, Servopneumatics,

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