32 Events

If life extension technologies are effective, do governments have a responsibility to make sure they are broadly accessible?

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Special Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group: Life Extension Technologies

Tue., Jan. 28, 2020 | 8:00am - 9:30am

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

The Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group, hosted by former Secretary of Defense and Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Director Ash Carter and Harvard SEAS Dean Frank Doyle, will convene its fourth and final session of the fall semester on the topic of life extension technologies. The session will examine current applications, capabilities, limitations, and ongoing debates regarding acceptable use, regulation, and governance of the technology.

Who should decide where, whether, and how to deploy gene drives?

Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Special Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group: Gene Drives

Tue., Nov. 19, 2019 | 8:00am - 9:30am

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

The Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group, hosted by former Secretary of Defense and Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Director Ash Carter and Harvard SEAS Dean Frank Doyle, will convene its third session of the fall semester on the topic of gene drives. The session will examine current applications, capabilities, limitations, and ongoing debates regarding acceptable use, regulation, and governance of the technology.

How commercially viable are asteroid mining and in-space manufacturing likely to be?

Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Special Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group: Asteroid Mining and In-Space Manufacturing

Tue., Oct. 8, 2019 | 8:00am - 9:30am

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

The Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group, hosted by former Secretary of Defense and Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Director Ash Carter and Harvard SEAS Dean Frank Doyle, will convene its second session of the fall semester on the topic of asteroid mining and in-space manufacturing. This session will examine current applications, capabilities, limitations, and ongoing debates regarding acceptable use, regulation, and governance of the two technologies.

Information Session - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Tech Happy Hour

Wed., Sep. 25, 2019 | 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Join the tech projects and programs at the Belfer Center on Wednesday, September 25th from 4:30-6:30pm at Beat Brew Hall for informal networking and the opportunity to learn more about our work and how you can get involved!

**RSVP Required**

How can facial recognition and emotion artificial intelligence technologies be managed to protect the public good?

Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Special Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group: Facial Recognition and Emotion Artificial Intelligence

Tue., Sep. 17, 2019 | 8:00am - 9:30am

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

The Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group, hosted by former Secretary of Defense and Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Director Ash Carter and Harvard SEAS Dean Frank Doyle, will convene its first session of the fall semester on the topic of facial recognition and emotion artificial intelligence. This session will examine current applications, capabilities, limitations, and ongoing debates regarding acceptable use, regulation, and governance of the technologies.

Harvard Yard in the early spring.

Pixabay

Conference - Open to the Public

Reimagining Investing in Frontier Technologies

Wed., May 15, 2019 | 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs’ Technology and Public Purpose Project (TAPP) and Harvard Business School’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship are hosting an invite-only, one-day workshop to  convene investors (Limited Partners and General Partners) and entrepreneurs (CEOs) investing in and building emerging and disruptive technologies in areas including artificial intelligence, genome engineering, advanced computing technologies and more.

A router and internet switch are displayed.

AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Conference - Open to the Public

Privacy Policy + Design Workshop

Mon., May 13, 2019 | 9:00am - 1:00pm

The Harvard Kennedy School’s Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project and New America’s Public Interest Technology teams will host a workshop focused on data privacy and design. The purpose of this workshop is to educate and enrich each participant’s knowledge of the multifaceted complexities inherent in issues surrounding data privacy by bringing together a room full of experts from various disciplines, communities of practice, and backgrounds. 

Can lessons about creating norms for emerging technologies be drawn from past global norms and agreements?

Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Special Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group: Where, If Anywhere, Can Effective International Norms be Developed for Emerging Technologies?

Tue., Apr. 23, 2019 | 8:00am - 9:30am

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

The Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group, hosted by former Secretary of Defense and Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Director Ash Carter and Harvard SEAS Dean Frank Doyle, will convene its fourth session of the spring semester. This session will explore current efforts to establish norms for emerging technologies, and how these efforts might be informed by previously established global norms in human rights, arms control, and biotechnology. 

For the purposes of this discussion, we are referring to IP broadly defined: proprietary algorithms, data collected, a complete developed product, etc.

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Special Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group: What is the Right Approach for Sharing Intellectual Property Around Emerging Technology?

Tue., Mar. 26, 2019 | 8:00am - 9:30am

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

The Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group, hosted by former Secretary of Defense and Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Director Ash Carter and Harvard SEAS Dean Frank Doyle, will convene its third session of the spring semester. This session will explore the limits and advantages of intellectual property (IP) sharing for emerging technologies. For the purposes of this discussion, we are referring to IP broadly defined: proprietary algorithms, data collected, a complete developed product, etc. This brief focuses on tech companies, research centers, and labs that decide to limit access to certain types of  IP in the name of protecting overall public good—using artificial intelligence algorithms as a primary example—but we expect discussion to encompass other technologies as well. This session will also examine the implications of alleged Chinese theft of emerging tech IP.