Policy for Artificial Intelligence: The Power of Imaginaries

Policy for Artificial Intelligence: The Power of Imaginaries

Presented by IEEE Standards Association

18 December 2017
12:00 p.m. EST

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PROGRAM

Join us on 18 December 2017 at 12:00 p.m. EST for the third in a series of three free online events focused on Policy for Artificial Intelligence. 

Policy for Artificial Intelligence: The Power of Imaginaries, will feature Konstantinos Karachalios (Managing Director, IEEE-SA; Member of IEEE Management Council), Nicolas Miailhe (Co-Founder and President, The Future Society; Harvard Kennedy School, Senior Visiting Fellow, Program on Science Technology and Society and member, the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and Cyrus Hodes, Director of the AI Initiative with The Future Society at Harvard Kennedy School. John C. Havens, Executive Director, The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, will moderate.

Imaginaries are, "collectively held, institutionally stabilized, and publicly performed visions of a desirable future, animated by shared understandings of forms of social life and social order attainable through, and supportive of, advances in science and technology” (Jasanoff & Kim; from Dreamscapes of Modernity).  

If we want to have a positive future in regards to AI, we have to critically reflect upon our current imaginary in order to "imagine" a new one, and the policy and principles we need to attain it.  

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SPEAKERS

Cyrus Hodes Cyrus Hodes, Director and co-Founder, the AI Initiative and Director, The Future Society at HKS

Cyrus is passionate about radically disruptive technologies, such as AI, robotics, nanotech, biotech, genetics, IT and cognitive sciences & their impacts on society. Coming from a background of international trade, humanitarian and development work and international security, Cyrus is currently involved in life sciences and robotics global ventures. 

With the rise of AI, and its universal transformational power, Cyrus embraced the massively positive changes it will bring to mankind, while realizing at the same time that we have to build much needed safeguards in order for the medium and long-term effects of AI to be beneficial to our species. This motivated him to co-found and lead the AI Initiative with The Future Society at HKS.

Cyrus was educated at Sciences Po Paris, has a Master in Defense, Geostrategy and Industrial Dynamics from Paris II University and a Master in Public Affairs from Harvard Kennedy School. He is a Public Policy committee member of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems.


Konstantinos Karachalios Konstantinos Karachalios, Managing Director, IEEE-SA; Member of IEEE Management Council

A globally recognized leader in standards development and intellectual property, Dr. Ing. Konstantinos Karachalios is managing director of the IEEE Standards Association and a member of the IEEE Management Council.

As managing director, he has been enhancing IEEE efforts in global standards development in strategic emerging technology fields, through technical excellence of staff, expansion of global presence and activities and emphasis on inclusiveness and good governance, including reform of the IEEE standards-related patent policy.

As member of the IEEE Management Council, he championed expansion of IEEE influence in key techno-political areas, including consideration of social and ethical implications of technology, according to the IEEE mission to advance technology for humanity. Results have been rapid in coming and profound; IEEE is becoming the place to go for debating and building consensus on issues such as a trustworthy and inclusive Internet and ethics in design of autonomous systems.

Before IEEE, Konstantinos played a crucial role in successful French-German cooperation in coordinated research and scenario simulation for large-scale nuclear reactor accidents. And with the European Patent Office, his experience included establishing EPO’s patent academy, the department for delivering technical assistance for developing countries and the public policy department, serving as an envoy to multiple U.N. organizations.

Konstantinos earned a Ph.D. in energy engineering (nuclear reactor safety) and masters in mechanical engineering from the University of Stuttgart.


Nicolas Miailhe Nicolas Miailhe, Co-Founder and President, The Future Society; Harvard Kennedy School, Senior Visiting Fellow, Program on Science Technology and Society, and member of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems

Nicolas Miailhe is the co-founder and President of "The Future Society at Harvard Kennedy School" under which he also co-founded and leads the "AI Initiative". A recognized strategist, social entrepreneur, and thought-leader, he advises multinationals, governments and international organizations.

Nicolas is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at HKS. His work centers on the governance of emerging technologies. He also specializes in urban innovation and civic engagement. Nicolas has ten years of professional experience in emerging markets such as India, working at the nexus of innovation, high technology, government, industry and civil society. Before joining Harvard, he was Regional Director South Asia at Safran Sagem, the world leader in aerospace, defense and security. An Arthur Sachs Scholar, Nicolas holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He also holds a Master in Geostrategy and Industrial Dynamics from Pantheon-Assas University in Paris and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Sciences from Sciences Po Strasbourg.


John C. Havens John C. Havens (Moderator), Executive Director, The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems

John C. Havens is a regular contributor on issues of technology and wellbeing to Mashable, The Guardian, HuffPo and TechCrunch and is author of Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity To Maximize Machines and Hacking Happiness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World. John was an EVP of a Top Ten PR Firm, a VP of a tech startup, and an independent consultant where he has worked with clients such as Gillette, P&G, HP, Wal-Mart, Ford, Allstate, Monster, Gallo Wines, and Merck. He is also the Founder of The Happathon Project, a non-profit utilizing emerging technology and positive psychology to increase human wellbeing. John has spoken at TEDx, at SXSW Interactive (six times), and as a global keynote speaker for clients like Cisco, Gillette, IEEE, and NXP Semiconductors. John was also a professional actor on Broadway, TV and Film for fifteen years.