Hunter College Schools
Technology and Society in the Next Generation: Growth, Security, and Well-Being
A Three-Day Conference Presented in Person and on Zoom - April 6-8, 2022
Technological innovation is giving rise to a future infused with the tension between progress and risk. In the coming decades, technological innovation across a range of fields could hasten important advances such as equitable economic growth and material abundance, collective and individual security, and enhanced societal well-being; on the other hand, these same technological innovations could exacerbate economic stagnation, income inequality, ecological disasters, the proliferation of violence and collective insecurity, and an overall decline in physical and psychological health.
Convening prominent experts and scholars from the sciences, social sciences, business, and policy/government, this integrative and multi-disciplinary three-day conference will feature a keynote address from Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman as well as morning and afternoon sessions that focus on the effects of emerging technologies—in industrial automation, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, and climate science and geoengineering—on our prospects for economic equity, shared and individual security, and overall well-being as a society.
Keynote: Extrapolating from the present - Wednesday, April 6, 6 - 7:15pm ET
New York Times Columnist; Distinguished Professor, Graduate Center of City University of New York; and Recipient of 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics.
Technological Directions - Thursday, April 7, 9am - 12pm ET
Technological Advancement and Economic Growth/Stagnation - Thursday, April 7, 1:30-4:15pm ET
Social Consequences of New Technologies - Friday, April 8, 9 - 11:45am ET
The State’s Role in Managing Technology and Society - Friday, April 8, 1 - 4pm ET