Tech Foresight 2040 - Moral Machines

Moral Machines – 18th June – 15:00 – 17.00 BST

Technology is here to stay. As it is embedded into our lives, we are today more reliant on its many facets. Digital transformation stands for productivity increases and cost efficiencies, but also questions on ethics and responsibility. After numerous scandals and public breaches of data, we must ask what responsible technology means? And how we can create more ethical technology systems for the future? This session will explore new considerations, interventions and systems that can allow people to positively engage with technology.

Human Impact Assessment: A new system for responsible design and engineering

Human Impact Assessment: A new system for responsible design and engineering

Professor Rafael Calvo

The convergence of artificial intelligence, robotics, 3-D printing, and Big Data is heralding what many call the 4th Industrial Revolution. These changes will ultimately impact humans, meaning that it is no longer tenable for engineers to develop products and technology without a systematic way to consciously address the matters of wellbeing, justice and ethics. But making such a dramatic shift to the engineering profession will not be easy. Professor Rafael Calvo will present his views on how future engineers need to reassess the way they measure the impact they have on societies and individuals.

Who owns your data: Information exposures and interventions from consumer devices

Who owns your data: Information exposures and interventions from consumer devices

Dr Anna-Maria Mandalari

The consumer Internet of Things (IoT) space has experienced a significant rise in popularity in the recent years. From smart speakers, to baby monitors, and smart kettles and TVs, these devices are increasingly found in households around the world while users may be unaware of the risks associated with owning these devices. Why are they so cheap and what is the real value they give back to us? Dr Anna Maria Mandalari researches how these devices expose information online. In her talk, she will explore what we are invisible trading in exchange for these devices, sharing examples of privacy leakage from the most popular IoT devices in the market, what the implications for consumers are, and discuss potential future mitigations.

Empowering the user: Self-organising socio-technical systems

Empowering the user: Self-organising socio-technical systems

Professor Jeremy Pitt

As we become increasingly dependent on technology, it presents a challenge to engineer ever more complex socio-technical and cyber-physical systems. These systems need to empower users through self-organisation, adhere to human values, and make progress towards achieving higher goals, for example, the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Professor Jeremy Pitt will explore this engineering challenge in two parts: the theory and the practice. He will share his research and practices on how we can develop future systems which support self-organisation, sustainability and social justice.

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