Iyad Rahwan: Navigating the Social Dilemmas of AI

Dr. Iyad Rahwan is an Associate Professor of Media Arts & Sciences at the MIT Media Lab and Director of the Center for Humans and Machines at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development.

Dr. Rahwan’s research lies at the intersection of the computer and social sciences, with a focus on collective intelligence, large-scale cooperation, and the social aspects of Artificial Intelligence. Recently, his work has focused on the ethics of autonomous vehicles.

“That’s what society does, and the public sphere, and politics, and constitutional rights...they all try to negotiate this utility function of society.”

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Leslie John: Privacy in the Digital Age

Dr. Leslie John is an Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.

Her research focuses on digital privacy and decision-making. Specifically, she studies the cognitive biases that cause people to give up their privacy online, as well as people’s reactions to firms’ use of their data.

“There’s so much more to it than meets the eye...It’s unbelievable the extent of data sharing that’s occurring.”

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Adam Alter: Addiction, Technology, and Autonomy

Dr. Adam Alter is an Associate Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business, with an affiliated appointment in the NYU Psychology Department.

His research and writing focus on behavioral addiction, specifically as it relates to technology, as well as cognitive disfluency and its implications for decision making.

“Everything around you is shaping you in some way…You may have autonomy, but it’s going to be confined to a really small sliver of the day.”

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Larry Rosen: the What, Why, and How of Technology

Dr. Larry Rosen is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

His research focuses on what he calls the “what, why, and how” of technology: what are people doing with their devices, why is it affecting their behavior the way it is, and how can we relate more wisely to these tools.

“We’re all part of a grand experiment. We have no earthly clue what it means to give a ten-year-old a smartphone.”

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Jonathan Gratch: Machines, Emotions, and Human Uniqueness

Dr. Jonathan Gratch is Research Professor of Computer Science and Psychology at at the University of Southern California.

His research is in the field of Affective Computing, the study of systems that model, interpret, and impact human emotion. Dr. Gratch tests theories of human emotion by instantiating them in machines, as well as studying human reactions to these machines.

“Going back to Darwin, science has led us to reconceptualize our relationship to nature. I think one potential implication of emotional machines is that [they] will influence the extent to which we see emotion as something uniquely human.”

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