Second Conference on Emerging Technologies and Global Development

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 agriculture, head, manufacturing and infrastructure. It will incorporate demonstrations from entrepreneurs who are using innovative technologies to address these challenges.

The keynote speaker is Professor Mark Zachary Taylor at the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy of the Georgia Institute of Technology. He speaks on his highly-acclaimed book, The Politics of Innovation, which explores why some nations are better than others in harnessing emerging technologies for development.


Related links:

First Conference on Emerging Technologies and Global Development

IGA-523: Innovation for Global Development

IGA-526: Governing Transformative Biology