• Dirty Ethics: the Backlash Against Big Tech with David Ryan Polgar

    Dirty Ethics: the Backlash Against Big Tech and the New Corporate Identity Crisis with David Ryan Polgar (tech ethicist) hosted by Moody's Analytics Accelerator sponsored by BraveIT 2019 Conference Tickets are free (thanks to our sponsors) but you must RSVP here or you won't be on the security check list: http://bit.ly/dirtyethics2 Join us for a special evening session of our new event series, Dirty Ethics, where we have interactive presentations and exploratory conversations on the confounding ethics of AI and other emerging technologies. Our next Dirty Ethics guest speaker is the incomparable and forward-thinking, David Ryan Polgar (tech ethicist, digital citizenship expert, journalist, attorney, founder of All Tech Is Human, and co-host of the Funny as Tech live show and podcast). The Topic: "It’s not just about ethical thinking. It’s about changing the rules of the road." -- David Ryan Polgar The global battle against big tech companies, coming from within their own ranks from employees, is only just getting started. Yet, it has already sent shock waves throughout corporate America as executives and managers face the very real fear that techlash might land on their corporate doorsteps (either from employees, consumers or legislators) if they too wrongly implement, misuse, or wrongly profit from emerging technologies like AI. David Ryan Polgar But this rising global anger is not just about the technologies, it's about other behaviors including upholding unfair corporate policies that favor certain people over others, and the shutting out of women and minorities from participating in the design of technologies (not to mention the profits). And speaking of profits, the widening income gap, which is said to be at an all-time high in corporations particularly, surely adds fuel to the techlash fire. The question is, with our ethics now so misaligned and changing so quickly, and the question of who should be the designer and the enforcer of corporate ethics relating to implementing technologies like AI, where do we go from here and how do we get there? Is there a clear path forward? Is there even enough trust in management at big tech companies (and in corporate America in general) to implement a new ethics code? And how can we effectively use techlash to help us redefine corporate culture and initiate substantive dialogue? We'll examine all of this and more with tech ethicist, David Ryan Polgar, and ask the question no one (not even the media) seems to be asking, but that may be the most important question of all: How are our personal ethics aligned or misaligned with the ethics of big tech companies and how should we hold ourselves accountable for how we consume and disseminate technology (or, more precisely, contribute to the problem)? David Ryan Polgar David is a pioneering tech ethicist who paved the way for the hotly-debated issues around Facebook, privacy, ethical design, digital well-being, and what it means to be human in the digital age. David is a 3-time TEDx speaker and tech writer (IBM thinkLeaders, Quartz, Dell Perspectives) whose has been featured on CBS This Morning, Fast Company, USA Today, AP, LA Times, The Guardian, CNN.com, BBC.com, SiriusXM, AdWeek, New York Post, and countless other outlets. With a background as an attorney and college professor, he transitioned into an advocate for greater thoughtfulness regarding the creation and implementation of technology. David speaks about tech ethics, digital wellbeing, emerging tech trends, and digital citizenship throughout the US and world (Netherlands, Ireland, Slovakia, Latvia). He is the founder of All Tech Is Human, an initiative to better align tech with the human interests of users and society, and is the co-host of Funny as Tech–a live show and podcast that tackles the thorniest issues in tech. David serves on the advisory boards for Common Sense’s Digital Citizenship Advisory Council, the non-profit #ICANHELP, and Hack Mental Health.

  • Understanding the Power of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to Disrupt Business

    YOU MUST REGISTER AT THIS LINK: http://bit.ly/rpaworkshop For 25% discount use code: DISCOUNT25 Understanding the Power of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to Disrupt Business and Advance Your Career (workshop) Instructor: John Pavley (Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, Viacom) The ADDRESS will be sent to registered, confirmed attendees. Overview What is Robotic Process Automation (RPA), why is it being called the most disruptive technology to impact business in decades, and how will it affect you? Workshop Instructor: John Pavley (SVP of Software Engineering, Viacom) We are at the precipice of a revolution in business innovation. In the past, organizations outsourced high-volume, back office production and IT operations to cheap foreign labor in other parts of the world. But that outsourced labor is quickly being replaced by the new kid on the block -- RPA. Digital labor is now cheaper, faster and more productive than old school, outsourced labor ever was. And businesses are seeing immediate ROI (with potential ROI of[masked]% in the first year alone). RPA robots are capable of mimicking most human user actions. They log into applications, move files and folders, copy and paste data, fill in forms, extract structured and semi-structured data from documents, scrape browsers, and more. For businesses, part of the appeal of using bots is that they are typically low-cost and easy to implement. While RPA undoubetedly will cause a certain number of job eliminations, it will also create new opportunities for employees to channel their time and talents to more meaningful work within the company or to upskill by learning to work with RPA (No Degree Needed - $3 Billion RPA Company UiPath Offers Free Path To Career Opportunities - Forbes). That's where this workshop comes in! What We'll Cover "We will address the problems of RPA today from a business and employee perspective as well as the benefits. It’s not a panacea—not yet. But long term supervising and training computers and robots is probably what we will mostly be doing all day in manufacturing, hospitality, medicine, entertainment, food services." -- John Pavley (workshop Instructor) Instructor, John Pavely (Senior Vice President of Software Engineering at Viacom) will provide a thorough overview and examination of the exponential rise of RPA in business and its impact on enterprise companies, small businesses and startups. He will also review how executives, managers, and employees are impacted by RPA and how they can use RPA to improve their output and to explore new career opportunities. And finally, through hands-on in-class exercises (bring your laptop!), attendees will learn how to develop real RPA processes. This workshop is open to everyone and is ideal for technical employees (IT managers, developers, engineers, etc.), non-technical employees (administrative, creative, etc.), entrepreneurs, small business owners, professionals in industries that will most impacted by RPA in the immediate (accounting, banking and finance, etc.)

  • PARTNER EVENT: The Manifestos and Moral Philosophies of Big Tech Companies

    NYC Seminar and Conference Center

    Event Organizer: Tech 2025 WORKSHOP REGISTRATION AT THIS LINK: http://bit.ly/2smas9Q [NOTE: participants can attend live at the event or via the private livestream in our forum - limited to 45 attendees at live workshop in NY and 50 attendees for private livestream - all participants will be given access to the private forum] Last year was a year of reckoning for big tech companies that faced fierce backlash from the media, researchers, legislators, consumers and even their own employees, over allegations of unethical practices. Just the same, 2018 was the year that the general public finally learned (after 10 years of engaging on social platforms, carefree) just how much data, power and influence big tech companies have in all areas of society and our lives (business, politics, education, media, our most private moments) and just how little we know and understand about their intentions to monetize consumer data and the future they are creating with powerful AI technologies. In a graphic timeline, NYU's AI Now Institute outlined the tumultuous year of ethics scandals that rocked big tech companies in 2018. This much is undeniable, there is a huge disconnect between the way CEOs of big tech companies view their ethical and moral obligations to their employees, shareholders, consumers and society at large, and what the general public thinks. The moral compass of big tech companies is most often ingrained in their carefully worded manifesto. Tech company founders have long since embraced publishing corporate manifestos as a declaration of their intent, beliefs, morals, and ethical obligations -- it's their rallying cry to employees to build the company of the future, and their unwavering expression of loyalty to customers: "A good corporate manifesto becomes a blueprint for exemplar attitudes and actions, and is a constant reminder of the need to ‘walk the talk’. It makes it clear to everyone who you are, what you stand for, what you do and why you do it. Little wonder…manifesto in Latin translates to ‘clear and evident’... manifestos have energy, they make a declaration, take a stance, and stand for something important. Corporate manifestos are powerful!" -- Brand Council Topics We Will Explore If corporate manifestos are so effective, why are tech companies struggling so much with ethical scandals that are inflicting major damage on their business models, revenues and employee morale? What do the manifestos of tech companies and their CEOs tell us about their moral philosophies? How can we begin to become more knowledgeable about the intentions of tech companies (as outlined in their corporate manifestos and other doctrine) and, when necessary, hold them accountable for how they implement their vision and their missteps when they falter? Are corporate manifestos of tech companies and their CEOs reflecting who we are today (in all of our diversity and complexities)? Are these manifestos reflecting where we want to go as a society in the future and are they taking into account the potentially negative impact their AI technologies might have on society despite their best, utopian intentions? Takeaways Instructor, Oriana Medlicott (AI Ethics Strategist and Research Facilitator), will review the corporate manifestos of big tech companies including Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Mozilla and Google and several tech CEOs including Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Satya Nadella, Steve Jobs and Tim Cook and correlate them to philosophical schools of thought. Learn the crucial elements of creating a successful corporate manifesto and why some manifestos miss the mark. Explore how the most powerful CEOs in the world communicate their philosophies to the world through their corporate manifestos, what those philosophies are and how they define product development and customer service. Create your own powerful manifesto. Please bring a laptop or mobile device to access the internet.

  • PARNER EVENT: The Impact of Amazon on Jobs & Small Businesses in NYC

    MUST RSVP AT THIS SITE TO GET IN: http://bit.ly/amazonny Join us for first Tech 2025 Think Tank of 2019, sponsored by The Williamsburg Hotel! Our think tanks are interactive, open discussions, and an exchange of information and ideas between our expert guest speaker(s) and the audience -- everyone gets the opportunity to share their opinions and ideas. We encourage and facilitate thought-provoking, respectful discourse as we all struggle to understand sweeping changes that are coming to our city and lives, and explore how to prepare for the coming challenges and opportunities. About This Discussion Discussions about Amazon announcing New York City as its new HQ2 location are complicated, often emotional and yields more questions than answers. It is projected that Amazon HQ2 will bring an estimated 25,000 jobs to New York City. In this 2-hour event, we will focus on how Amazon's HQ2 and Amazon Go cashier-less stores opening soon in NYC and across the country, combined with Amazon's recent announcement to expand Whole Foods, will impact jobs and small businesses in NY. Presentations will include: How New York Won Amazon: an overview of the official proposals for each New York City neighborhood submitted to Amazon (presented by Justin Kramer, Vice President of New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), which submitted New York's proposals to Amazon; . The Survival of Brick-and Mortar Local Supermarkets, Grocery and Convenient Stores: a rare glimpse at how local supermarkets and grocery stores across the country are adjusting to (or are struggling to adjust to) Amazon's move into their domain and how New York grocers can restructure and innovate to survive -- presented by Nick Nickitas, Founder and CEO of Rosie (a platform that partners with leading local supermarkets and mid-sized to small grocery stores, and their wholesalers, to provide eCommerce, delivery opportunities, omni-channel marketing and deep data services, based in Ithaca, NY). . The Small Business Landscape in Queens and How Queens Business Owners Thinking about HQ2: more than any other borough, Queens will be impacted by HQ2 the most (LIC is already seeing real estate values jump). Thomas Grech, President & Chief Executive Officer of Queens Chamber of Commerce, will share how small businesses in Queens are adjusting to (and preparing for) whats to come and how Queens Chamber of Commerce works with small businesses.

  • What Sci-Fi Movies Can Teach Tech Companies About Responsible Innovation

    ATTENDEES YOU MUST RSVP HERE TO BE CONFIRMED TO ATTEND: https://tech2025.com/events/films-from-the-future-what-sci-fi-movies-can-teach-tech-companies-about-socially-responsible-innovation-with-dr-andrew-maynard/ Tickets are $10 (includes cocktails and lite bites) Ticket plus Book is $30 (includes cocktails, lite bites, and hardcover book signed by Dr. Andrew Maynard) Films from the Future: What Sci-Fi Movies Can Teach Tech Companies About Socially Responsible Innovation with Dr. Andrew Maynard ABOUT THE EVENT Full details, speaker bio and book info here: http://bit.ly/filmsfromfuture "Sci-fi flicks are, of course, notoriously unreliable when it comes to accurately depicting science and technology. But because their plots are often driven by the intertwined relationships between people and technology, they can be remarkably insightful in revealing social factors that affect successful and responsible innovation." -- Dr. Andrew Maynard (author, Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies) JOIN US December 13 (6pm - 8:30pm), at The Williamsburg Hotel, for a special evening presentation and book-signing featuring Dr. Andrew Maynard (former physicist, professor in the Arizona State University School for the Future of Innovation in Society, leading expert in the responsible development of emerging and converging technologies, and Tech 2025 advisor). Professor Maynard will share compelling ideas and scenes from sci-fi movies to illustrate how sci-fi can be used as a guide for exploring the many challenging problems we face as emerging technologies like AI, machine learning, 3D printing, robots and more, increasingly govern our world. Highlighting excerpts from his recently published book (#1 Amazon New Release), Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies, and recent media coverage of controversies in emerging technologies, Dr. Maynard will share compelling ideas and scenes from sci-fi movies to illustrate why and how sci-fi can be used as a tool for exploring the many challenging social problems big technology companies and corporations face as emerging technologies like AI, machine learning, 3D printing, robots and more, increasingly govern our world. Topics and films Dr. Maynard will discuss include: (1) Minority Report: Predicting Criminal Intent Criminal Intent • The “Science” of Predicting Bad Behavior • Criminal Brain Scans • Machine-Learning Based Precognition • Big Brother, Meet Big Data (Machine Bias: There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals - ProPublica - article link) (2) Elysium: Social Inequity in an Age of Technological Extremes The Poor Shall Inherit the Earth • Bioprinting our Future Bodies • The Disposable Workforce • Living in an Automated Future (Why the Automation Boom Could Be Followed by a Bust -- HBR - article link) (3) Ghost in the Shell: Being Human in an Augmented Future Through a Glass Darkly • Body Hacking • More than “Human”? • Plugged In; Hacked Out • Your Corporate Body (Meet the Minnesota family that turned a soda machine company into a surveillance empire -- The Hustle - article link) (4) Ex Machina: AI and the Art of Manipulation Plato’s Cave • The Lure of Permissionless Innovation • Technologies of Hubris • Superintelligence • Defining Artificial Intelligence • Artificial Manipulation (5) Inferno: Immoral Logic in an Age of Genetic Manipulation Decoding Make Believe • Weaponizing the Genome • Immoral Logic? • The Honest Broker • Dictating the Future (Chinese Scientist Claims to Use Crispr to Make First Genetically Edited Babies -- NY Times - article link) After the presentation, interactive discussion and Q&A, Andrew will be available to sign copies of his books. Cocktails and lite bites included.

  • PARTNER EVENT: Crypto-Blockchain Year-End Review & 2019 Predictions

    TICKETS ARE FREE BUT YOU MUST RSVP HERE TO ATTEND: https://cryptoblockchain2019.splashthat.com/ This event is being hosted by Australian blockchain company, PascalCoin. Cryptocurrency took a beating in 2018. Join us for pre-holiday cocktails and networking as we review the past year and explore what it means for crypto and blockchain in 2019. Thursday, November 29, 6:00PM - 8:30PM The founders and management team of PascalCoin invite you to join them for pre-holiday cocktails and conversation, at FMW Media TV Production Studio in NYC, to explore the impact and implications of a tumultuous year in crypto that surprised everyone. In addition to an intimate panel of experts analyzing the most controversial and consequential developments of the year, and forecasting what we can expect (and should prepare for) in 2019, guest speakers will also discuss highlights from the Consensus: Invest 2018 Conference (held the day before this event). Why did crypto crash so badly in 2018? What are the underlying forces at play that drove the crash (economics, social, technological, etc.)? How are enterprise companies, banks and governments responding and changing their crypto/blockchain strategy for 2019? What lessons should we take away from this past year and what will the potentially positive outcome be? Is Distributed Ledger Technology living up to the hype? Attendees will participate in an interactive Q&A discussion with panelists. Food (including vegan options), wine and beverages to be served. GUEST SPEAKERS ALBERT MOLINA, Founder of PascalCoin. Albert is an IT Architect and Software Engineer with 20+ years of commercial experience. He is the founder and lead developer of PascalCoin and inventor of the revolutionary SafeBox, an extension of the blockchain technology. Albert is also a founding director of the PascalCoin Foundation. HERMAN SCHOENFELD, CEO of PascalCoin Foundation. Herman is a full-stack developer with 20+ years of experience developing mobile, desktop and enterprise software. He is the inventor of RandomHash, a GPU & ASIC resistant hashing algorithm as well as the developer of BlockchainSQL.io, a database backend for blockchains. Herman is also a core developer of PascalCoin and a founding director of the PascalCoin Foundation. JONATHAN ASKIN, Founder of the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic. Jonathan Askin is the Founder/Director of the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic and the Innovation Catalyst for the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship. He played a key role in the tech task force of President Barack Obama’s 2008 election campaign. He has also served as president and general counsel for the Association for Local Telecommunications Services and was a senior attorney at the Federal Communications Commission. SHANKHRI BALAJI, Dir of Marketing at Fr8 Network, Shankhri is Director of Marketing and Community at Fr8 Network, a blockchain shipping & logistics company. Previously, she led finance and operations at a virtual reality & augmented reality consulting and development studio, where she was responsible for developing both internal and clientele processes from the ground up. She recently spent time in recently came back from Japan & South Korea and will be sharing with us what she gathered on that front regarding their blockchain markets and communities DAVID MONDRUS is the CEO of Trive and a 20-year veteran of the NYC dot-com startup scene with a focus on E-Commerce and Social Networks. He was Employee #5 at Bigfoot.com, CTO at Bigstar.com and CEO of OneModelPlace.com. David is an avid Bitcoin and CryptoCurrency Enthusiast. He has founded and participated in many Bitcoin projects including Bitnation, iNation, ND Coin, BTC2MYSQL and MiningSlicer. In 2014 David and his wife Joyce, were the first couple to get married on the blockchain. David holds an MBA from Columbia University, and he has written for Bitcoin Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine.

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  • PARTNER EVENT: Preparing for Battle Against the Malicious Use of AI

    PARTNER EVENT (TECH 2025); Mission AI: Preparing for Battle Against the Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence (a research analysis workshop) [ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER HERE TO BE CONFIRMED - $20: http://bit.ly/nomaliciousai] In February 2017, twenty-six renowned experts on AI safety, drones, cybersecurity, lethal autonomous weapon systems, and counter-terrorism, from 14 institutions in academia, civil society, and industry, gathered for a special 2-day workshop at a the University of Oxford to discuss the malicious use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by rogue nations, dictators, hackers, terrorists and other assorted criminals, and how companies and governments should prepare for these coming threats. The result of this secret meeting was the publication of an extensive report earlier this year, The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation, that has since been widely circulated and cited. It's the only report of its kind that tackles the possibility of threats by human beings who would intentionally manipulate AI for malicious purposes. It's a battle plan, of sorts, for identifying and combating an enemy we can't yet see. Report Executive Summary: "Artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities are growing at an unprecedented rate. These technologies have many widely beneficial applications, ranging from machine translation to medical image analysis. Countless more such applications are being developed and can be expected over the long term. Less attention has historically been paid to the ways in which artificial intelligence can be used maliciously. This report surveys the landscape of potential security threats from malicious uses of artificial intelligence technologies, and proposes ways to better forecast, prevent, and mitigate these threats. We analyze, but do not conclusively resolve, the question of what the long-term equilibrium between attackers and defenders will be. We focus instead on what sorts of attacks we are likely to see soon if adequate defenses are not developed." What We'll Cover In This Workshop This workshop will be a deep dive into the first 30 pages of this compelling 100-page report. Guest speaker, Amauche Emenari (graduate student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Center for Brains, Minds & Machines, specializing in neural circuits for intelligence), will provide a comprehensive overview, related literature, and interactive discussions on the following sections in the report: Introduction to the Report (why was it produced, an overview of the authors (26 experts) and the institutions behind this report, how the report is being used, etc.) Scope of Material Covered in the entire report Related Literature General Framework for AI and Security Threats AI Capabilities Security-Relevant Properties of AI General Implications Scenarios Digital Security Physical Security Political Security SPEAKER: I am a second-year graduate student in Computational Neuroscience in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at MIT. I currently work as a member of the Synthetic Neurobiology Group specializing in using biological and machine learning techniques to build structural models of the central nervous system. I am interested in understanding how the interaction of complex neural circuits leads to thoughts, perceptions, learning, memory, and behavior and developing devices to interpret and influence brain function. Prior to arriving at MIT, I designed and developed neuroscience games at the National Institutes of Health. I have worked in industry as a software developer on Apple's iPhone software team and on Microsoft's Cloud Infrastructure team. I was born and raised in Washington D.C. I earned my bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University and my master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University.

  • Adweek NYC Power of Chatbots Cocktails & Networking with Gameon & Tech2025

    PARTNER EVENT (TECH 2025) ONLY PEOPLE WHO RSVP HERE WILL BE CONFIRMED: http://bit.ly/adweekchatbots Join us for a special, invite-only, Advertising Week NYC gathering hosted by GameOn Technologies and Tech 2025. Meet Alex Beckman (CEO of GameOn, @albeckum) and the GameOn team and Charlie Oliver (CEO of Tech 2025, @itscomplicated), connect with others in tech, media, marketing and finance over a complimentary open bar and appetizers. About GameOn GameOn is a media technology company based in San Francisco, California. Their technology powers intelligent chat applications across multiple platforms for some of the world’s largest enterprises, brands, and content properties. Snoop Dogg On Why He’s Investing in GameOn Alex Beckman, GameOn founder, and Gary Payton discuss GameOn's business model (Bloomberg TV) GameOn Technology partnered with Perform Group to bring fans closer to the World Cup action Game On: Bringing ESports To The Masses Hall of Fame NFL QB Joe Montana highlights $1.5M raise for social sports app GameOn #AWNEWYORK Hosted by Alex Beckman and Charlie Oliver ABOUT ALEX Alex Beckman is a media technology professional who lives in Silicon Valley. In 2014 Alex co-founded GameOn Technology, a chat bot network platform focused on building highly engaging fan experiences for companies like Sports Illustrated and Sky Sports. He was the founding CEO of EVNTLIVE, a video streaming platform that was acquired by Yahoo! in late 2013. Alex graduated from UC Berkeley where he studied film and then joined Terri Timely, a film production company based in Oakland, California with offices in LA, NYC, and Tokyo. From[masked] Alex was the production manager and head of digital on set for commercials for brands including Toyota, Mercedes Benz, Wrigley's Gum, Orangina, McDonald's, ESPN, and Adidas. ABOUT CHARLIE Charlie’s years of experience in the trenches of old media include working in advertising in New York at such media goliaths as BBDO Worldwide and Condé Nast, to producing sitcoms and dramas at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, and Dreamworks, to event management at the Sundance Film Festival. After spending several years in corporate law in document review at global firms, Charlie segued seamlessly into tech and new media where she would eventually launch Served Fresh Media™ (specializing in digital media strategy, product development, and branding across platforms) . In the Fall of 2016, Charlie launched Tech 2025 -- a platform and community for learning about emerging technologies.

  • ONLINE Q&A: The Impact of Think Tanks on Technology Research and Policies

    ***This session was originally scheduled for July but had to be rescheduled for August.*** REGISTER (FREE): https://tech2025.com/events/ask-the-experts-the-impact-of-think-tanks-on-technology-adoption-and-policies/ Join us for our next Ask the Experts live video Q&A session where invited guest experts discuss emerging technology hot topics. GUEST SPEAKERS Enrique Mendizabal is Founder/Director of On Think Tanks and a leader in defining and reporting on the global think tank ecosystem. In this session, Enrique will define various think tanks models around the world, who is funding them, and how their research impacts public policy in emerging technology. SHINING A LIGHT ON THINK TANKS We began doing think tanks here at Tech 2025 in January, 2017. But our think tanks are far more informal (and far less funded) than most think tanks around the world that receive millions of dollars in funding from corporations, governments, and philanthropists, to produce research that influences public policy. Most people have no idea what think tanks are and just how much they impact our lives on a daily basis. With the emerging technologies like AI, machine learning and cryptocurrency/blockchain dominating our global conversation it's no wonder we're seeing more think tanks launching and more technology research being published by them. And big tech companies are becoming big funders of think tanks (Facebook partners with think tank to fight global election meddling): "Another seismic shift involves the funding for think tanks. Once they lived on broad grants, from foundations and reticent millionaires. But now, the funders are often wealthy business people — in modern jargon, philanthro-capitalists — notably many from the tech industry." -- Peter Overby (NPR) We are now beginning to see think tanks being embraced by the next generation as well. Below are several articles on the rise of nextgen think tanks and their changing roles: Funding, think tanks and the private sector series (On Think Tanks) Who Controls Think Tanks? Shift In Funding Highlights Changes In The Industry (NPR) Thinking Is Expensive - Who's Supposed to Pay For It (Freakonomics Radio) Global Ad, Tech Execs Launching New Think Tank In Cannes (Forbes) Chevy And National Millennial Community Lead Mobile Think-Tanks For Aspiring Entrepreneurs (Forbes) Facebook partners with think tank to fight global election meddling: The Atlantic Council is helping the social network tackle false info (Engadget) Chinese hackers go after think tanks in wave of more surgical strikes (Ars Technica) The Technology Think Tank Everyone Wants To Be A Part Of In 2018 (Forbes) How Think Tanks Amplify Corporate Influence (NY Times) QUESTIONS: What are think tanks really? How are they impacting the development of emerging tech and tech policies? Why are think tanks so controversial? Why are hackers targeting think tanks so aggressively? And should citizens participate in think tank research and discussions? Enrique will answer questions and show us how we can stay up-to-speed on the important research and news coming out of think tanks around the world.

  • Mission AI Workshop: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence Research

    ***THIS IS A WORKSHOP. ONLY PEOPLE WHO REGISTER AT HERE WILL BE CONFIRMED ATTENDEES (space limited to 40 people): http://bit.ly/airesearchws ($45)*** About this Workshop (FULL INFO AT LINK ABOVE) This is the first event in our new Mission AI program -- learn more about it here: http://bit.ly/missionai By the year 2020, global spending on artificial intelligence research is estimated to reach $46 billion, with money pouring in from big tech companies, private investors, public institutions and governments. AI is set to change humanity and our world in unimaginable ways and AI research is the fuel catapulting us into to this next era of technological innovation. This workshop, taught by Dr. Seth Baum (Executive Director of The Global Catastrophic Risk Institute and an AI researcher specializing in AI safety and risk) will introduce you to the global AI research ecosystem (the researchers, the companies, the conflicts, the money funding it and and the research leading to new innovations). You will learn how to stay on top of the latest research without becoming overwhelmed, and how you can participate in AI research even if you aren't an academic or a technologist. And finally, you'll walk away with a diverse list of resources to stay on top of AI research and to further explore AI research that interests you the most (or that is most relevant to your professional goals). There will also be plenty of time for Q&A with Dr. Baum. Prerequisites & Preparation No prerequisites required. This workshop is for anyone who who wants to level-up their AI knowledge and gain a more nuanced understanding of how AI research is currently being produced, funded, and used to develop new technologies. It is especially ideal for product managers, developers and engineers, marketers, tech journalists, investors, entrepreneurs, students, and teachers. Takeaways This workshop will cover: 1. the different types of AI research - computer science vs. social science etc. 2. how Google went from being a research paper to a product and startup (an example of research that literally changed our world) 3. academic research on the social and policy dimensions of AI 4. the research ecosystem that is specifically focused on long-term forms of AI 5. research focused on building AI 6. debates and controversies within AI communities, including the Google Project Maven incident 7. who the major players are in building AI 8. research communities in different countries 9. money being invested 10. how the media covers research 11. the use and impact of data in research 12. the AI Safety Research program (funded primarily by Elon Musk) to help researchers find safe uses for AI (Dr. Baum will also provide a brief overview of the research proposal he submitted to the program) INSTRUCTOR Dr. Seth Baum is Executive Director of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute (GCRI) and a renowned researcher whose research focuses on risk and policy analysis of catastrophes that could destroy human civilization, such as global warming, nuclear war, and runaway artificial intelligence. He leads GCRI’s planning and management and contributes to GCRI’s research. He is also a Research Scientist at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science and an Affiliate Researcher at the Columbia University Center for Research on Environmental Decisions. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Pennsylvania State University (2012), an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University (2006), and B.S. degrees in Optics and Applied Mathematics from the University of Rochester (2003). Dr. Baum received a Ph.D. in Geography from Pennsylvania State University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Columbia University Center for Research on Environmental Decisions.