This is a special event co-sponsored by the
Center for Law and the Biosciences
The LASERs are a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. See the program for the whole series.
The event is free and open to everybody.
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Like previous evenings,
the agenda includes some presentations of art/science projects,
news from the audience, and time for casual socializing/networking.
Where: Stanford University, Law School - Crown Quadrangle (559 Nathan Abbott Way) - Room 180
There should be ample parking in the structure on corner of Campus Drive West and Roth Way. (Stanford map)
Parking is mostly free at Stanford after 6pm.
Program (the order of the speakers might change):
Hank Greely (Director of the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences) on "The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction"
Two different biotechnologies are coming together in a way that will change how we make babies... Read more
Irina Raicu (Santa Clara University/ Director of the Internet Ethics Program) on "Developing Norms for the Internet of Someone Else's Things"
"How should we think about autonomy, choice, and consent in a world of pervasive deployment of technology?" ... Read more
- 7:50-8:10: BREAK. Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work. Please present your work as a teaser so that those who are interested can seek you out during social time following the event.
Margaret Levi (Director of the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences) on "The Future of Work in the Age of Intelligent Automation"
How do we ensure adequate compensation, education and training, and social protections? ... Read more
Soraya Murray (UC Santa Cruz/ Film + Digital Media) on "The Visual Politics of Videogames"
Games both mirror and spur larger societal fears... games are at the frontline of power relations... Read more
- 9:00pm-9:30pm: Discussions, networking
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- Henry T. "Hank" Greely is the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and Professor, by courtesy, of Genetics at Stanford University. He specializes in ethical, legal, and social issues arising from advances in the biosciences, particularly from genetics, neuroscience, and human stem cell research. He chairs the California Advisory Committee on Human Stem Cell Research and the steering committee of the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics, and directs the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences and the Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society. He serves as a member of the NAS Committee on Science, Technology, and Law; the NIGMS Advisory Council, the Institute of Medicine's Neuroscience Forum, and the NIH Multi-Center Working Group on the BRAIN Initiative. Professor Greely graduated from Stanford in 1974 and from Yale Law School in 1977. He served as a law clerk for Judge John Minor Wisdom on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for Justice Potter Stewart of the United States Supreme Court. He began teaching at Stanford in 1985. He is a member of Bio-X, the Child Health Research Institute, the Stanford Cancer Institute, and the Stanford Neurosciences Institute. His book "The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction" was published in 2018 by Harvard University Press.
- Margaret Levi is the Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford and Professor of Political Science as well as Professor Emerita of International Studies at the University of Washington. She has been a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University. She held the Chair in Politics, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, 2009-13. At the University of Washington she was director of the CHAOS (Comparative Historical Analysis of Organizations and States) Center and formerly the Harry Bridges Chair and Director of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies. She became a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences in 2015, the American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS), inducted 2017, the American Academy of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001 and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in 2002. She served as president of the American Political Science Association from 2004 to 2005. Levi is the author or coauthor of numerous articles and six books, including Of Rule and Revenue (University of California Press, 1988); Consent, Dissent, and Patriotism (Cambridge University Press, 1997); Analytic Narratives (Princeton University Press, 1998); and Cooperation Without Trust? (Russell Sage, 2005). The book In the Interest of Others (Princeton, 2013), co-authored with John Ahlquist, explores how organizations provoke member willingness to act beyond material interest. Her research continues to focus on how to improve the quality of government. She was general editor of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics and is co-general editor of the Annual Review of Political Science. Levi serves on the boards of the: Social Science Research Council (SSRC); Center for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (CEACS) in Madrid; Berggruen Institute; and Scholar and Research Group of the World Justice Project. Levi and her husband, Robert Kaplan, are avid collectors of Australian Aboriginal art. Ancestral Modern, an exhibition drawn from their collection, was on view at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) in 2012. She has lectured in Australia, China and Europe (Germany, Hungary, England). She periodically serves as a consultant to the World Bank. She is the recipient of the 2014 William H. Riker Prize for Political Science.
- Soraya Murray is an interdisciplinary scholar who focuses on contemporary visual culture, with particular interest in art, film, digital media and video games. Murray holds a Ph.D. in art history and visual studies from Cornell University, and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine. An Associate Professor in the Film + Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she is also principal faculty in the Art + Design: Games + Playable Media Program and affiliated with the History of Art and Visual Culture Department. Her writings are published in Art Journal, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, CTheory, Public Art Review, Third Text, Film Quarterly, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, and Critical Inquiry. Her two anthologized essays on the military game genre, gender and race may be found in Gaming Representation: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Video Games, eds. Jennifer Malkowski and TreaAndrea M. Russworm (Indiana University Press, 2017) and in Zones of Control: Perspectives on Wargaming, eds. Pat Harrigan and Matthew G. Kirschenbaum (The MIT Press, 2016). Her article on the politics of identity and the poetics of form in Assassin's Creed III: Liberation is published in the media studies journal Kinephanos (2017). Murray's essay on postcolonial studies and games is published in the Open Library of the Humanities (2018). Murray's book, On Video Games: The Visual Politics of Race, Gender and Space (I.B.Tauris, 2018), considers video games from a visual culture perspective, and how they both mirror and are constitutive of larger societal fears, dreams, hopes and even complex struggles for recognition. Academic webpages: http://film.ucsc.edu/faculty/soraya_murray and https://news.ucsc.edu/2018/08/murray-video-games.html .
- Irina Raicu is the director of the Internet Ethics Program at the Center at Santa Clara University. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (U.S.) and was formerly an attorney in private practice. Her work addresses a wide variety of issues, ranging from online privacy to net neutrality, from data ethics to social media's impact on friendship and family, from the digital divide to the ethics of encryption, and from the ethics of artificial intelligence to the right to be forgotten. She holds a J.D. degree from Santa Clara University's School of Law, as well as a bachelor's degree in English from U.C. Berkeley and a master's degree in English and American Literature from San Jose State University. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Atlantic, U.S.A. Today, MarketWatch, Slate, the Huffington Post, the San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Recode. Raicu is a member of the Partnership on AI's Working Group on Fair, Transparent, and Accountable AI. In collaboration with the staff of the High Tech Law Institute, Raicu manages the ongoing "IT, Ethics, and Law" lecture series, which has brought to campus speakers such as journalist Julia Angwin, ethicists Luciano Floridi and Patrick Lin, and then-FTC commissioner Julie Brill. She tweets at @IEthics and is the primary contributor to the blog Internet Ethics: Views from Silicon Valley. As a teenager, Raicu came to the U.S. with her family as a refugee; her background informs her interest in the Internet as a tool whose use has profound ethical implications worldwide.
- Piero Scaruffi is a cultural historian who has lectured in three continents and published several books on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, the latest one being "The Nature of Consciousness" (2006). He pioneered Internet applications in the early 1980s and the use of the World-Wide Web for cultural purposes in the mid 1990s. His poetry has been awarded several national prizes in Italy and the USA. His latest book of poems and meditations is "Synthesis" (2009). As a music historian, he has published ten books, the latest ones being "A History of Rock and Dance Music" (2009) and "A History of Jazz Music" (2007). His latest book of history is "A History of Silicon Valley" (2011). The first volume of his free ebook "A Visual History of the Visual Arts" appeared in 2012. His latest book is "Intelligence is not Artificial" (2013). He has also written extensively about cinema and literature. He founded the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) in 2008. Since 2015 he has been commuting between California and China, where several of his books have been translated.
As quintessential forms of visual material in the twenty-first century, mainstream games both mirror and spur larger societal fears, hopes and dreams, and even address complex struggles for recognition. Murray's new book "On Video Games: The Visual Politics of Race, Gender and Space" (I.B.Tauris, 2018) examines both their elaborately constructed characters and densely layered worlds, whose social and environmental landscapes reflect ideas about gender, race, globalization and urban life. Demonstrating that games are at the frontline of power relations, she reimagines how we see them - and more importantly how we understand them.
Two different biotechnologies are coming together in a way that will change how we make babies. Whole genome sequencing is constantly decreasing in price and increasing in speed and accuracy, thus making preimplantation genetic diagnosis, which can only be performed in conjunction with in vitro fertilization, much more useful. Stem cell research is getting close to allowing us to make eggs and sperms from skin cells, thus making in vitro fertilization much cheaper and easier. The two will combine to produce "Easy PGD," which, in 20 to 40 years, will be how most people with good health care will conceive their children. This talk with discuss the science that will make this possible, the social forces that will make it inevitable, and the ethical questions that will make it . interesting.
We cannot know for certain how many jobs will be lost and how many gained as technology and AI become more sophisticated and replaces more human jobs. What we know for sure is that technology is and will continue to be disruptive. This means we have hard choices to make for ourselves, our children, and our society. There will always be work as long as there are things that need to be done. The question is how to ensure that all flourish as we move into the unknown future. How do we ensure adequate compensation, education and training, and social protections? How do we ensure equitable and inclusive societies whose individual members have lives with dignity and meaning?
"What happens when a privacy advocate visits a home that boasts an Amazon Echo? When a child goes on a playdate and plays with someone else's internet-connected Barbie? When students attend a school that implements facial recognition technology? When a resident (or a tourist) strolls through a "smart city"? How should we think about autonomy, choice, and consent in a world of pervasive deployment of technology?"
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