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Spring 2021 Events

Ulfar Erlingsson

IN FOCUS SPEAKER SERIES: A Life Making Your Software Secure and Your Data Private..or Trying To: In Conversation with with Apple's Ulfar Erlingsson '04
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Ulfar Erlingsson, former Head of Security Research at Google Brain, is now a leading technologist in Silicon Valley and a member of the Advisory Council for the Milstein Program. Ulfar shared his story, "A Life Making Your Software Secure and Your Data Private... or Trying to" as part of the Milstein Program in Technology & Humanity’s spring 2021 “In Focus Speaker Series.", powered by Cornell.

Nonny de la Pena

IN FOCUS SPEAKER SERIES: Embodied Narratives: Engaging the Future of Immersive Content with Nonny de la Peña
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Nonny de la Peña is the founder of Emblematic Group, one of the world's producers of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. Ms. de la Peña's work combines traditional reporting with emerging virtual reality technology where the result is an evocative experience that gives us news in a modern way.

This work also uses the power of embodiment to construct experiences that feel real. In this talk, Ms. De la Peña discussed how she wants to put the tools of immersive storytelling into everyone’s hands through REACH, a platform that empowers anyone to create AR/VR stories straight from a browser.

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Policy, Politics, and Ethics of the Coming AI Revolution
Thursday, April 15, 2021

This interactive discussion, hosted by the Harold Tanner Dean of Arts & Sciences, as part of the Arts Unplugged series, Ray Jayawardhana, examined the roles of policy, politics, and ethics in shaping emerging technology and vice versa. 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is characterized by the fusion of the digital, biological, and physical worlds. Artificial intelligence (AI) is central to this new era, and its influence on our lives is growing quickly and included leading experts contributing with regards to the enormous changes and considerations in how we can enact policy that supports democracy and an ethical society.

Ruha Benjamin

Ruha Benjamin: The New Jim Code? Reimagining the Default Settings of Technology and Society
Monday, May 3, 2021

Ruha Benjamin, Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, presented the concept of the “New Jim Code” to explore a range of discriminatory designs that encode inequity. These designs encode inequity by explicitly amplifying racial hierarchies, by ignoring but thereby replicating social divisions, or by aiming to fix racial bias but ultimately doing quite the opposite. 

The talk, powered by Cornell, included a presentation about the world of biased bots, altruistic algorithms, and their many entanglements, and provided conceptual tools to decode tech promises with historical and sociological insight.