This conference seeks to untangle the ethical issues behind how we design, develop and deploy new technologies. The recent emergence of innovative technologies has defined our current era as part of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”. But while technological revolutions can be signs of growth, it can also spell disaster for us and society if we don't keep a close eye on its development and use.
- Insights from international speakers, researchers and leaders in the technology and AI industry.
- Lively, interactive and thought-provoking discussions with the speakers and moderators.
- Opportunities to meet attendees and speakers during the networking segments.
——CONFERENCE SCHEDULE & SESSIONS
11:00 AM - 11:05 AM: Introduction by NewCampus
Opening remarks with Lily Wu from NewCampus
11:05 AM - 11:55 AM: Panel Discussion | The Designer's Ethical Code of Conduct
Good design principles for human-technology relations
There’s no need to tell you that technology has become an integral part of our lives, and you’ve experienced its design through all kinds of tech—from Instagram's infinite scroll to YouTube's and Netflix's recommendation algorithms. At first glance such features seem benign but it could have hidden, unintended consequences. Without morally grounded design principles, we assume our budding designers and engineers will always be acting correctly.
In this session, we’re joined by budding designers and technologists to dig deeper into the question: do designers need an ethical code for design, and if so what would the code be guided by?
- Adejire Bademosi, Global Social Impact Leader at Airbnb.
- Max Stossel, Head of Education at The Centre for Humane Technology.
- Momo Estrella, Digital Design Lead at IKEA.
- Moderated by: Norman Teh, Product Design Lead at Grab.
11:55 AM - 12:10 PM: Networking Session 1
First networking segment
Mitigating bias for an all-inclusive AI
AI technology promises us considerable economic and societal benefits, but some of its racial and sexist biases are forcing us to reassess its merits. At the root of this problem is the lack of diversity in the AI field, which is perpetuating the gender and racial biases. If this remains unchanged, we are at risk of replicating historical biases with AI such as image recognition services making offensive classifications of minorities, chatbots adopting hate speech, and Amazon’s technology failing to recognize users with darker skin colors.
In this session, we’re joined by AI researchers and leading technologists in the field to discuss how we can increase diversity in the field and reduce bias in AI experiences, counteracting any racial or gender biases in the interest of its users.
- Jorge Cueto, Advisor at the Stanford Institute at Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.
- Oriana Medlicott, Philosopher, and Head of Operations at Ethical Intelligence Associates.
- Ovetta Sampson, Principal Creative Director at Microsoft.
- Moderated by Vaibhav Namburi, Director at Five2One, Cenario.
01:00 PM - 01:15 PM: Networking Session 2
Second networking segment
01:15 PM - 01:55 PM: Fireside chat | Being a Whistleblower
How to hold people in power accountable
When Erika Cheung landed a role at Theranos, a consumer health technology startup, she saw this as an opportunity to be of service to the community she cared and loved. The young chemist thought she would be helping Theranos develop a revolutionary blood testing kit. But seven months into her role at Theranos, Erika felt that something was off with the products Theranos was building, and with the values of Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos’s charismatic CEO whom Erika saw as a role model.
As a lab associate, Erika had realised that as revolutionary as Theranos’s technology was, it had many defects and it simply doesn’t work, posing risks to the lives of patients. Yet, despite repeatedly raising her concerns to the top management, Erika’s words fell on deaf ears. That was when she quit and blew the whistle on Theranos’s ethical misconduct.
Now, Erika leads Ethics in Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit that enables investors and entrepreneurs to better recognise ethical issues within their companies. Join Erika in this session as she shares her stories and insights on speak-up culture, whistleblowing policies and ethical decision making in the tech industry.
- Erika Cheung, Theranos whistleblower and Co-founder at Ethics in Entrepreneurship.
- Moderated by: Grace Shao, HK Lead at SoGal and former CNBC reporter.
Closing remarks from NewCampus
NewCampus is a modern leadership school that aims to equip a new generation of critical thinkers and infinite learners to take on the challenges of the era of unprecedented global change ahead. Our classes and events are hosted in micro-campuses across Singapore and satellite campuses around APAC. For more information please visit newcampus.co.