The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”
Economic transformation, meeting human needs, and protecting the environment have emerged as global grand challenges. One way to address these challenges is to harness the world’s abundant scientific, technological, and engineering knowledge to meet specific human needs. While some of the technologies offer solutions to global challenges, they also threaten to disrupt incumbent industries and social organization. Technological anxiety and outright opposition to disruptive technologies, however, may undermine such efforts.
The aim of this conference is to map emerging technologies that could address global grand challenges, review their disruptive characteristics, identify potential sources of social concern, and outline business models and public policies on how to address the social concerns. The conference builds on the findings of the newly published book, Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2016).
The conference will address emerging technologies in fields such as data analytics, geographic information, manufacturing, agriculture, transportation and health. It will incorporate demonstrations from entrepreneurs who are using innovative technologies to address these challenges.
This conference is being held in conjunction with Prof. Juma's fall class, "Innovation for Global Development." It is co-sponsored by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government, the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Harvard Center for African Studies.
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Location: Starr Auditorium, Belfer 200
Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge MA 02138
RSVP requested to STG Project Coordinator, Katherine_gordon@hks.harvard.edu
Coffee & Registration
Prof. Calestous Juma
12:00 – 1:30
Lunch break (on your own in Harvard Square)
Civilian Drones for Development
Christoph Nedopil, Kiran Pookote, and Taylor Ray
Closing remarks, Innovation and Its Enemies
Prof. Calestous Juma