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Rescheduled from January 24

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Kentaro Toyama is W. K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information, a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT, and author of Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology. In previous lives, Kentaro taught at Ashesi University in Ghana and co-founded Microsoft Research India, where he did research on the application of information and communication technology to international development.

Will artificial intelligence (AI) take away jobs or usher in a prosperous utopia? Will self-driving cars reduce our use of fossil fuels or accelerate emissions? What will a college degree be worth when knowledge work can be done by machine? This talk considers these and other questions through the lens of technology’s “Law of Amplification.” Paradoxically, what is needed most in a world of advanced technology is greater attention to human values.

This is the fourth in a six-lecture series. The subject is The Future of Work. How Will Your Grandchildren Make a Living? The next lecture will be January 31, 2019. The subject is: Preparing Students For The Future of Work.
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  • $10 for an individual lecture. Payable at the door. Checks preferred. $30 for the entire series of 6 lectures.

When and Where

Washtenaw Community College, Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

January 2019

10:00am - 11:30am

Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 East Huron River Drive

May 2019

10:00am - 11:30am

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