Technology and Society in the Next Generation: Growth, Security, and Well-Being, 2022

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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 featured 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.

Paul Krugman: Extrapolating From the Present

Keynote: Extrapolating From the Present

Paul Krugman, New York Times Columnist; Distinguished Professor, Graduate Center of City University of New York; and Recipient of 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics.

Welcome: Jennifer Raab, President of Hunter College

Moderator: Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

Technological Directions (Panel 1 of Technology and Society in the Next Generation conference)

Panel 1: Technical Directions

Pamela Silver, Elliot T. and Onie H. Adams Professor of Biochemistry and Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School.

Anita Raja, Professor of Computer Science at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of City University of New York.

Shiwali Mohan, Senior Member of Research Staff, Xerox PARC, and AI Systems Scientist, Palo Alto Research Center.

Gernot Wagner, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, New York University.

Moderator: Jeremy Schulz, Senior Researcher, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

Technological Advancement and Economic Growth/Stagnation (Panel 2)

Panel 2: Technological Advancement and Economic Growth/Stagnation

John Paul MacDuffie, Professor of Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Robert Gordon, Stanley G. Harris Professor of Economics, Northwestern University.

Michael Piore, David W. Skinner Professor Emeritus of Political Economy, MIT.

Moderator and Commentator: Veena Dubal, Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings College of Law.

Welcome and Moderator: Jeremy Schulz, Senior Researcher, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

Social Consequences of New Technologies (Panel 3)

Panel 3: Social Consequences of New Technologies

Michael Hout, Professor of Sociology and Director of Center for Advanced Social Science Research, New York University.

Alexandrea Ravenelle, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ruth Milkman, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and Chair of Labor Studies Department.

Commentators:

Frida Polli, CEO and Cofounder, pymetrics.

Peter Asaro, Associate Professor of Media Studies and Director of Graduate Program, School of Media Studies, The New School.

Moderator: Jeremy Schulz, Senior Researcher, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

The State’s Role in Managing Technology and Society (Panel 4)

Panel 4: The State’s Role in Managing Technology and Society

Scott Santens, Senior Advisor, Humanity Forward.

Katherine B. Forrest, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

John Zysman, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley; Co-director, Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy.

Moderator: Jeremy Schulz, Senior Researcher, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley
Hunter College, City University of New York

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With generous support from The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
and the Gerald Huff Fund for Humanity.