Past Event

A Playlist for Our Future? Accelerating the Human Advantage in an Age of Technology and Complexity

December 5, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Schapiro Center (Davis Auditorium), Columbia University, 530 West 120th Street, New York

Event Description:

The rise of intelligent technologies has given rise to ongoing debates about the challenges and impact of artificial intelligence (AI), especially relating to privacy, jobs and access, social and ethnic bias, and questions concerning their regulation. One way to address these challenges, and to prepare for an increasingly complex future, is to develop a diverse workforce that values human capabilities such as imagination, flexibility, and critical thinking. How might we accomplish this? What will be the role played by industry and education in empowering agile, creative, problem-solving humans? Is there an enhanced role for history and the humanities in evaluating and contextualizing advances in machine intelligence? How should we work collectively to ensure that transformations in work and schooling broaden human capabilities and achieve positive results for all?

The theme for Columbia University's incoming class of 2023 is “Press Play,” encouraging students to craft their own learning experiences and inspiring them to express their “whole, authentic self.” Building on this appeal, let’s start by imagining a “playlist for our future.” What kinds of tools and knowledge might be included in this holistic playlist? This panel will focus on questions of building human capabilities to address this new AI landscape and which lessons from the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences are needed in developing, guiding, and working alongside future technology.

In this seminar, we'll explore: 

  • Generative learning as a model for human and machine collaboration, and to increase the human advantage for lifelong learning and problem solving.
  • Key lessons from history and the humanities on how humans have navigated technological change in the past, and ways we can identify and address issues now and in the future.
  • Practical applications, frameworks, and future research directions for industry and institutions, as well as opportunities for collaboration.

Event Speakers: 

  • Lydia Chilton, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University
  • Matthew Jones, James R. Barker Professor of Contemporary Civilization, Columbia University
  • Alison Lord, Global Head of Talent, Google Creative Lab​
  • Mickey McManus, Autodesk Fellow, researcher, computer scientist, serial entrepreneur, and author of Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology 
  • Moderated by Beth Comstock, former vice chair and CMO, General Electric, and author of Imagine it Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change

Event Information: 

Open to the public, however registration is required via Eventbrite

Organized by the Center for Science and Society and part of our Fifth Anniversary Series: Knowledge and Access.