NEW TECHNOLOGICAL ANXIETIES: In Search of Inclusive Innovation Strategies

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Monday, September 18th, 2017

Monday, September 18, 20179:30AM - 12:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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IPL Speaker Series - Frontiers of Research in Global Innovation


Current advances in artificial intelligence and robots have rekindled social anxieties over the impact of new technologies on employment. The concerns have inspired a series of responses which include taxing robots and providing guaranteed minimum basic income. Others, however, argue that the adoption of new technologies will alter the structure of employment without leading to net job losses. This lecture argues that lessons from historical trends may not be useful sources of ideas for addressing the challenges. This is because of significant differences in the pace of change, global scope of disruptions and breadth of public perceptions on relations between innovation and economic inequalities. The combined impacts of these dynamics could hamper innovation and undermine the ability of society to benefit from technological advances. The lecture proposes the adoption of national policies that promote inclusive innovation. The lecture draws from the speaker’s new book, Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies which analyses case studies of technological controversy over the last 600 years.


Sole Fernandez
(416) 946-8912


Calestous Juma
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Harvard Kennedy School Twitter @Calestous


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