Science & Democracy Lecture and Panel Discussion

Date: 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

"Mastering The Demons Of Our Own Design" with Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly Media and panel discussion with Cathryn Carson, Thomas M. Siebel Presidential Chair in the History of Science, UC Berkeley; David Winickoff, Senior Policy Analyst and Secretary of the Working Party on Bio-, Nano- and Converging Technology (BNCT), OECD; and Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, HKS to follow. 

"Mastering The Demons Of Our Own Design" with Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly Media and panel discussion with Cathryn Carson, Thomas M. Siebel Presidential Chair in the History of Science, UC Berkeley; David Winickoff, Senior Policy Analyst and Secretary of the Working Party on Bio-, Nano- and Converging Technology (BNCT), OECD; and Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, HKS to follow. 

Internet pioneers expected freedom and the wisdom of crowds, not that we would all be under the thumb of giant corporations profiting from a market in disinformation. We can still recover, but at least so far, Silicon Valley appears to be part of the problem more than it is part of the solution. Can we master the demons of our own design? The governance of AI is no simple task. It means rethinking deeply how we govern our companies, our markets and our society—not just managing a stand-alone new technology. It will be unbelievably hard—one of the greatest challenges of the twenty-first century—but it is also a tremendous opportunity.

Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, the company that has been providing the picks and shovels of learning to the Silicon Valley gold rush for the past thirty-five years. The company's online learning and knowledge-on-demand platform at oreilly.com is used by thousands of enterprises and millions of individuals worldwide. O'Reilly has a history of convening conversations that reshape the computer industry. If you've heard the term "open source software", "web 2.0", "the Maker movement", or "government as a platform", he's had a hand in framing each of those big ideas. Tim is also a partner at early stage venture firm O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV) and on the board of Code for America. He is the author of many technical books published by O'Reilly Media, and most recently WTF? What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us (Harper Business, 2017). He is a visiting professor of practice at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London, and is working on a new book about why we need to rethink antitrust in the era of internet-scale platforms.

This event is co-sponsored by HUCE and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

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Contact: paul_sherman@hks.harvard.edu