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Wednesday, November 7 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
(90 min)The social implications of emerging technologies: Are the most important questions the least studied? / Les répercussions sociales des technologies émergentes : les questions les plus importantes sont-elles les dernières à faire l'objet d'une étud

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Organized by: Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Peter Severinson

Rapid development of transformative new technologies – such as social media, artificial intelligence, and new health technologies – is creating important opportunities and challenges for governments, businesses, the research community and society at large. Too often, however, the social implications of such developments are overlooked.

Emerging technologies bring with them important new challenges. In recent years we have learned that our reliance on social media has created new risks to our democracies, with partisans and foreign actors able to rapidly spread falsehoods that exploit social divisions and erode public trust. The rapid development of artificial intelligence is raising questions about whether a new wave of automation threatens to dramatically reduce human jobs and accelerate inequality. Development in the medical sciences continually challenge historic social conventions and ethical norms.

We need to better understand how society is affected by emerging technologies in part to address the risks but also to help us unlock the potential benefits: to train workers able to make the best use of new capabilities, to make smart decision about how to employ new technology to address society’s most pressing problems, and to ensure the benefits of new technologies are effectively shared throughout our diverse society.

In this session we will explore whether the Canadian policy and research community is doing enough to understand and address the social implications of new technologies. We will consider how multidisciplinary approaches can help us address multiple dimensions of technological change and better understand the roles of diverse actors, including the natural scientist, the philosopher, the engineer, the behavioural scientist, the historian and the policy maker.

We will also explore the skills and knowledge needed to achieve the full potential of new technologies and to avoid the dangers, including scientific literacy, digital competency, creativity, openness, cultural awareness and sound ethical foundations. Finally, this event will engage the audience in a discussion about which new emerging technologies demand increased attention from the research and policy community and how we can work together to addressing their social implications.

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Sonia Vani

Director, Member Engagement and Communications, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Sonia Vani is a bilingual communications strategist, digital content producer, and a team leader.Over the past twenty years, she has applied her skills in leadership, storytelling, communications planning and strategic positioning to the advancement of education, culture, civic responsibility... Read More →

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Eric M. Meslin, Ph.D., FCAHS

President and CEO, Council of Canadian Academies
Eric M. Meslin is President and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA). He joined the CCA inFebruary, 2016, bringing with him more than 25 years of experience in science policy in both universityand government settings.Dr. Meslin came to the CCA from Indiana University (IU... Read More →
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Jaigris Hodson

Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University
Dr. Jaigris Hodson is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University in BC. Her research specializes in understanding how people interact with digital technologies, such as social media, and the content that is produced and shared using those technologies... Read More →
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Dominic Martin

Professor, École des sciences de la Gestion of the Université du Québec à Montréal
I am a professor of ethics at the École des sciences de la Gestion of the Université du Québec à Montréal. My current research and teaching are the broad areas of business ethics, ethics and economics, and  political philosophy. My work combines approaches from ethics, contemporary... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
Delta Ottawa, International Ballroom