- Jowita Michalska, Founder & CEO of Digital University
- Sebastian Kulczyk, Kulczyk Investments,
- Leesa Soulodre, CIO of Inspirit IoT
In the past three decades, technology has radically changed media, and with it business, culture and politics. From the PC to the web to mobile devices, advances in human-computer interaction have altered how we engage with information, with entertainment, and with one another. But a new decade looms- one that will see arguably more dramatic change as technologies such as artificial intelligence and augmented reality reach maturity. And yet, we are also in the dawn of a new era of misinformation, propaganda and information overload. Many see the end of reality, as new technology blurs what is fact from what is fiction. What must we do in the coming decade to avoid dystopia, and to build an information environment that supports liberal democracy and permits us to solve the world’s audacious problems, such as polarization, inequality and climate change? Read more…
This talk extends the core principles of quantum physics, “entanglement”, and the “Heisenberg principle”, to complex human systems. Measuring entangled groups of people, and mirroring back their aggregated behavior will trigger change in human behavior, just like in quantum physics. We humans are awfully bad in discovering each other’s lies. Thanks to recent advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, computers are much better in seeing through fake reviews and fake news, to discover the truth, and act accordingly. In our own work we are using online social media, organizational communication such as e-mail and chat, and body signals measured through sensors in smartwatches to read the emotions of large groups of people to predict their future. The talk will introduce the basic principles, applying the concept of Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs). COINs are intrinsically motivated groups of innovators working together as virtual teams over the Internet to create something radically new. Real-world examples of our approach will include measuring happiness and creativity with body sensors, measuring business success and employee satisfaction through e-mail, and predict the outcome of elections and economical trends in online social media.
Moderated by: Vadim Makarenko
In the past three decades, technology has radically changed media, and with it business, culture and politics. From the PC to the web to mobile devices, advances in human-computer interaction have altered how we engage with information, with entertainment, and with one another. But a new decade looms- one that will see arguably more dramatic change as technologies such as artificial intelligence and augmented reality reach maturity. And yet, we are also in the dawn of a new era of misinformation, propaganda and information overload. Many see the end of reality, as new technology blurs what is fact from what is fiction. What must we do in the coming decade to avoid dystopia, and to build an information environment that supports liberal democracy and permits us to solve the world’s audacious problems, such as polarization, inequality and climate change?
Through waves of optimism on the one hand and techno-fear on the other, a cultural and socio-political divided has arisen. Bioethicists and machine-ethicists make public claims that biotechnology and emerging technologies of AI and nanotech should be stopped. With such a divide, a new way of thinking is necessary to mitigate disparity within society and to steer toward academic mindfulness and mainstream awareness. Contrary to journalistic hyperbole and postmodernist hegemony, the aim of transhumanism has been and continues to be to establish a platform for critical thinking and visionary foresight that can and will have significant impact on people. This impact is to educate society and to offer platforms for discussion into the public arena and take the conversation out of the naysayer rhetoric and fear-mongering.
The transhumanist agenda seeks to improve the human condition—meaning to improve upon the vulnerability of human biology and the onslaught of disease and aging through the use of ethical technolgoies and evidence-based science. The Proactionary Principle supports the transhumanist approach to seek balanced governance of new technologies. Morphological Freedom supports that transhumanist value of human rights, especially the right to alter one’s biology or to co-exist in multiple substrates, such as the physical world, virtuality, and artificial computational environments.
If we continue to use technology to develop ways to live longer, then we are within the scope of an evolutionary leap. The most intriguing aspect of this evolution is reversing aging and extending the human life span. Transhumanism is about improving the human condition, which means the distinct characteristics of being human and human existence, including survival and evolution human nature to become more humane.
György Lévay suffered a devastating meningitis infection in 2010 which forced his doctors to amputate from both his arms and feet. After receiving his first upper-limb prosthesis a year later he realized that there was a significant difference between what these devices were said to be capable of, and what they were actually capable of. Already studying to be an engineer, he shifted his field of interest to the control systems of upper-limb prostheses, and after being awarded a Fulbright scholarship he completed his Master’s in Biomedical Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University in the United States. There, he focused on pattern recognition, a machine learning method used for intuitive control of multi-articulated prosthetic limbs. At Masters & Robots he will show how and why these control systems work, what it takes to teach them the individual traits of their users, and through a demonstration with the help of an audience member everyone will see first hand both the exciting and frustrating aspects of using these devices.
The internet democratized access to information and dematerialized books. The information stored in our body (in genes, proteins, cells) is becoming available for humans as a consumer product. Traditionally it is a doctor or nurse that handle this information. The doctor prescribes the test, the nurse may draw blood and handle the sample, and at last a lab technician conducts the test, turning information that is bodily into a note sent to the doctor and patient. The coming years are the years of the “medical selfie”, what means we are able to make self-diagnostic. Thanks to tech devices and bio data-driven projects and apps access to bio-data is becoming available on-demand.
However how good is the quality of that? Is the result of self-diagnostic as good as the gold standard in labs? Will we have to see the doctor or nurse in several years or having a smartphone and few apps will be enough? What is the role of smartphones or other devices in modern diagnostics? What are the upcoming applications that will radically change our lives?
Gilad Gome, bioinnovator will answers all of this question as well as present some projects and provide his thoughts on the state of human bio-information.
Talk for kids:
If you were born after 2000 most likely you will see in your life some of the greatest achievements of humanity over nature. Biotechnology is the field in which humans invent tools out of the elements of life. Solving disease, bringing life to mars, providing nutrition to an overgrowing population. This is why you should consider some education in life sciences and consider being early adopters in this field.
Decoding the first human genome took thirteen years and cost more than three billion dollars. Today, it is available to everyone, takes three days, and costs less than two thousand dollars. As a result, in recent years our society has been flooded with genomic data. Every genetic test generates an enormous amount of data about our body. We discover serious disorders even before we start to feel that something is wrong. We can predict cancer and the specific type most likely to develop, as well as forecast which drugs will be most helpful and which may kill the patient. Based on personalized genomic data, prevention is more effective than ever in the history of medicine.
However, these rapid advancements create challenges which we need to urgently address. Open-source, freely available big-data analysis engines are easily accessible to everyone. International genomic databases provide the most up-to-date knowledge. How do tests on-demand and on-line biological interpretation, performed outside the doctor’s office, change our society and medicine?
Is it possible for the medical world to shift from treatment-based to prevention-based medicine – and how do we approach this challenge? Our diagnostic capacities are limited and currently do not allow us to make the most of the potential of modern genomic medicine. There is not enough equipment – not enough MRI or CT scanners, not enough doctors to consult us.
Are we, as patients, ready to know the list of diseases to which we are susceptible, diseases which await us in the course of our lives? Some of them are preventable, but some are not – are we ready to hear bad news? And how are we to deal with the risk prediction of, say, 70% or 85%?
At Masters & Robots, Professor Krystian Jażdżewski will talk about the genomic revolution and the scientific, social, and moral challenges involved. He will discuss the National Cancer Risk Screening Program – the first nation-wide initiative aiming to identify all people predisposed to inherited cancers and to equip them with a personalized preventive plan.
The pace of technological change is ever increasing and humans are wondering how can I keep up? From horror stories of a terminator type of dystopian annihilation to a marginalization of people not keeping up. However, lets consider the value and context of technological evolution in a human context. Rethinking life and work in the 22nd century, Supreet will take us through a journey of technology and its impacts that enhance the Human element. Come discover and see this through the eyes of a Silicon Valley venture capitalist.
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Innovation is a priority for company execs all over the world, but for organisations to be sustainably innovative, they need to create an Innovation Ecosystem. An organisation’s Innovation Ecosystem comprises four elements: Direction, Environment, Engine, and Enablers. Combined and optimised, these can create an innovation powerhouse, where the latent value of peoples’ creativity is released, turning employees into innovators. In his inspiring speech on The Innovation Ecosystem, MOK O’Keeffe shares his insight, garnered over two decades of experience, into how the world’s most innovative organisations have created and sustained their Innovation Ecosystems, and how leaders in every sector and industry can learn from their example to create their own sustainable Innovation Ecosystem.
Moderated by: Jowita Michalska, CEO&Founder Digital University
Cultured meat is meat made from designated skeletal muscle stem cells from animals. Through their replicative capacity, up to a million-fold reduction in livestock can be achieved, thus saving (feed) resources, reducing environmental impact and improving animal welfare, which is necessary to make our food system 2050-proof.
Commentators are arguing how many jobs will be lost to digitization. In the area of engaging customers many say digital an artificial intelligence can replace everyone everywhere. But what is the most efficient road to reengineering customer experiences. And how can we Reengineer humans back into the digital business model. Participants will share a model of exactly where and how both humans and robots can add value and where human contact is absolutely necessadry