Anthropology + Technology Conference | 3 October 2019 | Bristol, UK2019-10-04T10:41:49+00:00

Anthropology + Technology
Conference 2019

3 October  |  Bristol  |  United Kingdom

Championing socially-responsible AI

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The rapid pace of emerging technologies means we are already seeing a significant social impact. Our international conference will bring together social scientists and AI technologists to foster dialogue and collaboration across the disciplines.

Together we can build a future in which socially-responsible AI is the norm

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Ken Banks, Social entrepreneur & anthropologist, 22.5K Followers, @kiwanja

John C. Havens, IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous & Intelligent Systems, 13.9K Followers, @johnchavens

Jennifer Baker, Journalist, 11.4K Followers, @BrusselsGeek

Pat Walshe, Data protection and privacy consultant, 27.3K Followers, @PrivacyMatters

Jacob Ward, NBC News tech correspondent, 10.7K Followers, @byjacobward

Keynote Speakers

Over the last few years, both academics and the media have documented the negative effects of automated decision-making (AI) in areas such as policing, finance, credit reporting, and administration of public programmes.

Today, these issues are still prevalent. As AI becomes more widely adopted, pioneering leaders are realising the importance of assessing the impact of technology on both their businesses and society as a whole.

AI can provide unparalleled opportunities, but without the correct processes, it can also have a detrimental impact on people’s futures and a business’s reputation. The need for ethical standards and the perspective of anthropologists has never been more critical.

The Anthropology + Technology conference exists to create dialogue around these important topics. It highlights the opportunities of today’s cutting-edge technology while simultaneously showing how socially-responsible AI is the only way we can all truly benefit.

The conference has been curated to help today’s leading technology companies understand the value of combining teams of technologists with social scientists, and to create a forum for international business leaders, academics, and innovators in the fields of artificial intelligence, computer science, data science, machine learning, and social science to network and share ideas.

This conference will show how more businesses can benefit from developing socially-responsible AI.

A day of dialogue + collaboration

Our conference brings together technologists, who are working on emerging technology projects related to AI, and anthropologists to foster dialogue and collaboration across the disciplines.

The conference has been curated to help today’s leading technology companies understand the significant value of combining teams of technologists with social scientists. Together we can build a future in which socially-responsible AI is the norm.

You’ll meet experts from anthropology, artificial intelligence, computer science, data science, machine learning, and sociology, and make genuine connections. Join us and be part of this “amazing” and “unique” event.

What our delegates & speakers are saying

“It is at gatherings like the Anthropology + Technology conference that the global agendas are first voiced and then set.” — CEO & Founder of Sigma Polaris, Dr Nemo D’Qrill

“As a technology company working in AI and other emerging technologies…it is important to keep up-to-date in this field and hear other views.” — CTO

“This conference offers technologists an opportunity to hear different perspectives on our work and vice versa…it will help us build better products that are sustainable and impactful in a positive way…I would say register ASAP!” — Dr Mark Woods, Head of Autonomy and Robotics Group, SCISYS UK

“This conference will inspire new ways of thinking…it will enable us to start thinking differently, collectively, about technology design and development.” — Professor Sarah Pink, Design Anthropologist

“Technologists need to engage with social sciences to create long-term sustainable value to our society.” — Ellie Foreman, Automation Fellow

“I think most of the breakthroughs…are likely to come from interdisciplinary approaches. I’m really excited about that.” — Dr Simon Roberts, Anthropologist + Keynote.

“This conference is right up my street. I’ve been looking for something like this for some time.” — Anthropologist

A needed conversation! We work in increasingly technologized worlds regardless of industry. A great opportunity to examine together.” — Anthropologist

“I look after AI research within my organisation…I feel that the intersection of technology and social science may help build understanding.” — Lead Technologist

“The things I learn, and the people I meet, will guide my PhD research in AI for the next four years.” — Tom Bewley, PhD Student

“I am looking forward to connecting with smart thinking people who also want to push forward bridging tech and social science this October.” — Social Scientist

“We want to use our skills to make a positive social impact…this happens when technology is human-centred. This conference sits in that sweet spot for us.” — Digital Designer

Conference partners

The Anthropology + Technology Conference 2019 is proud to be sponsored and supported by these forward-thinking companies, organisations, start-ups, and institutions. They all believe in what we’re trying to do. And we couldn’t do it without their support. Thank you!

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