This unique and innovative conference, now in its seventh year, addresses the ethical, legal, regulatory, and policy issues that surround the emergence of new technologies and scientific advances. Drawing on the combined expertise of leaders in academia, industry, and government, this conference focuses on finding governance solutions for rapidly changing technologies. The dual challenge of any governance system is to encourage research, investment, and development while guarding against potential risks to health, safety, environment, and society. We confront this challenge by creating a forum for radically cross-disciplinary discussion involving experts in law, engineering, science, business, medicine, ethics, and other fields.
In recent years, these discussions have covered the broadest possible range of technologies and scientific study, including nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles, the internet of things, human-machine interfaces, neuroscience, synthetic biology, genomics, personalized medicine, telemedicine, human enhancement, gene editing, surveillance, national security, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain, autonomous weapon systems, and so on. The value we have uncovered in combining such a variety of subjects is that governance strategies and lessons learned in one field can often be applied to others in ways that generate new breakthroughs. This conference has thus become a go-to event for forward-looking policy makers, technologists, and business leaders who are at the forefront of a changing world.
Sheila Hayman, award-winning documentary filmmaker and Director’s Fellow at the MIT Media Lab
Sheila is a BAFTA and BAFTA Fulbright winning documentary filmmaker, and Director’s Fellow at the MIT Media Lab. In 2010 ‘Mendelssohn, The Nazis and Me’ was nominated for the Grierson Award as Best Arts Documentary, in 2012 she wrote, produced and directed a multilingual miniseries about the Enlightenment which was seen by 150m people, and in 2014 she wrote and produced a major drama-documentary about the Targa Florio road race in Sicily. Luckily she is fluent in French and Italian, and passable in German. Recently she has moved into digital media and music, with films, apps and other projects for the LSO, Arensky and other orchestras, and an augmented reality music app with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. As a writer she was Young Journalist of the Year, has had a column in the Guardian and published three novels. She also runs the therapeutic creative writing group at Freedom from Torture. Learn more about Shelia here
Rachel Mushahwar, Vice President & General Manager: US Sales Enterprise, Government, Next Wave Cloud Providers at Intel Corporation
All companies are at the dawn of a transformation equivalent in scale to the advent of the modern shopping mall. The internet continues to set new expectations that are highly personalized and friction-less that are forcing industries to radically change to keep pace with their customers demands. The extraordinary is now the ordinary – connectivity anywhere, anytime, and on any device has changed everything in every industry from connected trucking, connected retail, to automating factories and autonomous driving. In my role as the General Manager of Americas Industry Sales Group at Intel, I lead 9 different verticals in North America and Latin America (Partner, Cloud, Telecommunications, Retail, Transportation & Manufacturing, Energy, Financial Services, Government, and Health Life Sciences) and am accountable for ~$5B in sales. My focus is on enabling companies to realize the value of innovative offerings and delivering end-to-end innovative solutions to the industry that solve real-world business problems. I was named as “One of the Top Ten Women in Technology” January 2017 and Women’s Wear Daily listed me as one of the “Top Industry Transformers” December 2016. With over 22 years of global executive leadership positions, I have gained valuable actionable insights about how businesses can continue to deliver top line growth, navigate transformations, and continue to innovate. I see huge opportunities ahead as companies in a variety of industries, and schools, prepare themselves for a more smart and connected future. I enjoy being a spokesperson, writer, and engaging with audiences world-wide in keynotes, and have the unique ability to share complex concepts on national TV and international press. I am an active supporter of adopting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to ensure the next generation is well equipped for the digital world they will inherit to help pave the way for continued innovation in the industry. Learn more about Rachel here