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Rhodes Technology & Society Forum

 
  • 12 November 2022 - 12 November 2022
  • 09:00 - 17:30 (GMT+00:00)
  • Institute of Engineering and Technology

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Join us for the inaugural hybrid Rhodes Forum on Technology & Society at the Institute of Engineering and Technology in London

Rhodes Technology & Society Forum

'The Realignment Problem: Aligning Technology with our Values'              

Saturday 12th November 2022

IET, 2 Savoy Place, London

ABOUT:

Advancements in technology often focus on speed and scale. AI is automating tasks both menial and creative, advancements in biotech are beginning to enable precision medicine for all, and communications platforms let societies interact near the speed of light. It seems like we’re on the precipice of radical innovations — but amid those leaps forward in speed and scale, how should we consider the direction of innovation? Are technologies value-neutral, or value-laden? How should innovation engage with moral and social decisions? And what are the roles of governments, entrepreneurs, corporations, and the public in directing the present and future of technology?

This year’s Rhodes Technology and Society Forum will consider the relationship between technology and values, exploring how innovations shape us and how we can shape them. We will question how (and which) values are represented in our technology today, and how to shape future technology to support dignity, equity, and governance accountable to all. Through keynotes, panel discussions, and opportunities to connect, the Forum will explore a range of perspectives from across cultures and disciplines, creating a conversation that welcomes technologists, policymakers, and leaders from around the globe.

SPEAKERS & PROGRAMME TBC

REGISTRATION:

Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis and are available today! If you have any questions please contact conferences@rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk.

After purchasing your ticket on this page, you will be invited to register on our Forum event platform and app closer to the conference date.

CONTACT:

Confirmed Speakers and the programme will be updated on our website.

Delegates are responsible for organising their own accommodation. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Please contact conferences@rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk if you have any questions or have any difficulties booking.

Dress Code: Business Casual - No Ties

*Please note that your attendance fee helps to partially cover the cost of the Forum. We rely on the generosity of individual donors and other sponsors to cover the rest of the costs. This particular event was made possible through the generous support of our donor, Kevin Xu.*

Speakers

Forum Committee Member

  • Vidal is a humanitarian-scientist working on advanced technologies for biological data science. This fall, he will be starting his PhD in Biophysics at Stanford University as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, where he will build tech at the intersection of experimental quantum physics and neuroscience. In the meanwhile, he is working as a Data Scientist back home in Orange County, California. In 2021, he completed an MSc by Research in Statistics at Oxford as Chapman University’s first Rhodes Scholar, studying adipogenesis with Professor Cecilia Lindgren and Professor Thomas Nichols at the Oxford Big Data Institute. In May 2019, he graduated from Chapman with a BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Whilst at Chapman, he pursued research in genomics, molecular epidemiology, cancer survivorship, bioinformatics, and artificial intelligence. Outside of science, Vidal is a bodybuilder, musician, poet, and tinkerer of things big and small.
  • Peter is a journalist and technologist interested in how structural changes in technology, policy, and law impact the way we produce and consume the news. He is currently completing an MSc in Social Science of the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute (2021-22), where he's writing a thesis exploring how email newsletters change the relationship between journalists and audiences on the internet. Next year, he'll be pursuing a Masters in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government (2022-23), where he hopes to explore how technology policy targeted at tech platforms impacts news organisations. Prior to coming to Oxford on the Rhodes, he worked as a data visualisation journalist at The Washington Post and The Guardian, and studied at the University of North Carolina (B.A., Journalism & Computer Science) and Duke University as a Robertson Scholar. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, sailing, and attempting to picnic in every college garden in Oxford.
  • Munib obtained his Bachelor's degree from New York University Abu Dhabi majoring in Electrical Engineering summa cum laude with his senior thesis on developing a wearable armband for alert prediction of heart attack. He received the Rhodes Scholarship as the first Bosnian in the award's history and completed his Masters in Computer Science at Oxford before starting his DPhil in Engineering Science in 2022. His master's thesis, which was awarded a distinction, concerned developing robust AI models for increasing CRISPR genetic engineering specificity. He is passionate about utilising the power of artificial intelligence for the improvement of human health conditions, specifically focused on cardiovascular disease and acute medicine. Outside of his immediate research interests, he keeps involved in the AI ethics debate and has been a member of the Mozilla Foundation Working Group on Building Trustworthy AI among other engagements. He loves spending his time swimming, rowing, and reading murder mystery novels.
  • Shreya is a first year DPhil student on the BBSRC Interdisciplinary Biosciences DTP. I am most interested in microbiology and synthetic biology and my research focuses on understanding and engineering bacteriocins for application as antibiotics to combat multidrug resistant disease causing bacteria. Before coming to Oxford, she received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Imperial College London. Shreya hopes to work towards bridging the gap between research in the lab and solutions in the real world. To this end, she co-founded a startup called Synthesea that is building a bacterial platform to synthesise omega-3 in order to make fish farming more sustainable. Outside of the lab, she loves to paint, dance and doodle.
  • Hatim is a lawyer interested in the intersection of law, finance and technology. Previously, he obtained dual degrees in commerce and law (B.Com. LL.B. (Hons.)) from National Law University, Gandhinagar, India and has completed postgraduate training in international relations at Tsinghua University, China on the Schwarzman Fellowship and in law at University of Oxford, UK on Rhodes Fellowship (Bachelor of Civil Law) . he is currently a doctoral student in law at University of Oxford, exploring proprietary implications of natively digital assets in insolvency contexts. He currently teaches regulatory innovation at Judge Business School and is presently working on developing an experimental regulatory intelligence platform at Regulatory Genome Project at University of Cambridge.
  • Lilian graduated and was commissioned from the United States Naval Academy with a BSc in electrical engineering. She then joined the Physical Acoustics Lab reading for an MSc in Engineering Science (by research) under the direction of Dr. Ronald Roy and Dr. James Kwan at the University of Oxford. She is currently researching the phenomena of acoustic cavitation- bubble formation in liquid in the presence of a sound field. Following her time at Oxford, she will go on to the United States Navy as a submarine officer. Her long term career goals include the pursuit of the advancement of science and technology through my work in the submarine community and beyond. In her free time, Lilian enjoys playing violin in the university orchestra and hiking with her friends.
  • Mneera received her BA from Brown University where she studied Computer Science and Middle East Studies. She is currently on the MSc program in the Social Science of the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute, and her thesis investigates Saudi feminist mobilizations against interlocking systems of patriarchal, authoritarian, and technological oppression. Over the past year, Mneera has worked as a consultant with the Cornell Tech Clinic to End Tech Abuse (CETA) – her work entails meeting regularly with survivors of digitally-mediated intimate partner violence to help uncover and end the abuse they are experiencing. At Oxford, she is heavily involved with students organising against sexual violence and has worked on initiatives focused on building community for survivors at the university. Outside of academics and extracurriculars, she enjoys discovering new bubble tea places and roaming around on her bike.
  • Muhammed is reading for a DPhil in Computer Science at the University of Oxford, supervised by Yarin Gal in the Oxford Applied and Theoretical Machine Learning (OATML) Group. He is interested in developing robust machine learning systems that would enable applications in heterogeneous resource-constrained environments; specifically around sustainability and healthcare. This includes designing machine learning solutions to enable deployment in these settings and developing novel machine learning techniques that solve associated fundamental challenges. Previously, he has worked on AI Governance and Justice in Africa at the Centre of Socio-Legal Studies at Oxford, as a researcher at the Frontier Development Lab and the European Space Agency. He was MSc Student & Research Intern at Mila - Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute, working with Kris Sankaran and Yoshua Bengio (ACM Turing Award 2018). He completed my BSc in Electrical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. In his spare time, you’ll catch him playing or watching a ball sport (tennis, squash, cricket, croquet and on the look-out for more!), winning at board games or watching trashy TV.
  • Khansa is currently pursuing an MPhil in Development Studies at Oxford. Her research focuses on investigating the role and evolution of different educational systems in Pakistan and their engagement with the disability community. At Oxford, she is heavily engaged with various efforts to make the University itself more accessible and to campaign for Disability Rights. Prior to coming to Oxford, she obtained a bachelors in the science of Foreign Services from Georgetown University in Qatar with a concentration in Media, Politics and Culture. Her main interest is in advocating for Disability Rights and reducing systemic barriers which exclude people with disabilities from educational institutions and the workforce. She spends her free time exploring different coffee places and trying different kinds of scones.

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