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Singularity University Barcelona Chapter Special WMC Edition: Humanity 2.0 in the Age of Exponential Technologies

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This talk will be centered around the topic of understanding our human relationship with each other as well as in the context of our rapid technologies from the economical, sociopolitical as well as the cultural shifts that we will (and perhaps we are already) be experiencing.   

Some of the questions that we will addressing are:

  • How should we prepare ourselves, as individuals and as collective as we are approaching faster and faster in the context of the artificial intelligence and the machine age?   

  • How should we start the conversation regarding moral and ethical codes that are so needed to provide the necessary guidelines for this future?  

  • Will technology drive further disparity between different classes, or will it provide a platform for bridge the gaps?

  • Can technology help us understand (or destruct) ourselves as individuals and understand further the social interactions that we have as collectives?  


Pablo Rodríguez, CEO at Telefónica Innovation Alpha

Telefonica Innovation Alpha is an innovation unit within the global Telefonica organization dedicated to ‘moonshot’ projects, that is, future, ambitious long-term technological developments that will have a major social impact, propose radical solutions and lead to breakthroughs in innovative technologies.  Pablo Rodríguez has over 15 years’ experience, latest in the role of Research Director at Telefónica R&D, and previously both as Founder and Director of the Telefónica R&D laboratory in Barcelona, Spain.

Cristene Gonzalez-wertz, Electronics Leader of IBM's Institute for Value research and strategic positioning work.

She helps the market and clients understand how Artificial Intelligence, Analytics, IoT, Security, Data and Customer Experience will create new forms of value for executives, boards shareholders and stakeholders. Prior to rejoining the IBV, she was an Executive Strategist working with IBM's Watson Group, part of our multi-billion dollar investment in Cognitive Computing, Technologies and Advanced Business Analytics.

DeKai Wu, Computer Scientist and Engineer with concentration on Computer Linguistic

During his doctoral studies in cognitive science, artificial intelligence and computational linguistics at Berkeley, he worked on seminal projects on intelligent conversational dialog agents. His PhD dissertation employing maximum entropy to model human perception and interpretation of ambiguities was one of the first to spur the paradigm shift toward today's state-of-the-art statistical natural language processing technologies. De Kai also holds an executive MBA from Kellogg (Northwestern University) and HKUST. His undergraduate degree at UCSD was awarded cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and won the liberal arts oriented Revelle College's department award.

Mark Bünger, VP of Reseach at Lux Research

Mark focuses on strategic planning and advanced technologies in bio-, aero-, and energy domains. Over 20 years and across 40 countries, he has worked as a management consultant, technology analyst and entrepreneur at Accenture, Forrester Research and several startups. He has served as chairman of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and guest lectures at the University of California Berkeley.

Moderator:  Cecilia Tham

Cecilia is an innovation activist enabling companies with technologies. She is a serial entrepreneur and founded MOB, the largest co-working community in Barcelona, and FabCafe, digital fabrication lab meets coffee shop and, crowdfunding platform for the next generation of women and tech.  She is a recent fellow at Singularity University Global Solution Program at NASA Research Center at Ames and the current Singularity University Barcelona Ambassador.