Filtering by: 2018 Panel

Apr
6
4:10 PM16:10

Mini Keynote: Data Ethics with Jeanette Wing

Jeannette Wing is the Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute at Columbia. Dramatic advancements in data science have fueled explosions in the methods and amounts of data we collect. Jeannette comes to Columbia from Microsoft, where for the past four years she has been Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research, overseeing a global network of research labs. She is widely recognized for her intellectual leadership in computer science, and is now helping to define the new, emerging field of data science. 

Technologies like Artificial Intelligence are promising great advancements for our society. However, the speed of progress in Data Science is setting off some alarms.  The possibilities could inspire impassioned data scientists, but advancement without caution and consideration for consequence could lead to great harm. By engaging with world-class philosophers, economists, practitioners, and more, we hope to understand the implications of AI better. Join Jeannette Wing, Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute at Columbia for a frank and provocative discussion about how Data Science is changing our world. READ MORE >>

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Apr
6
3:10 PM15:10

Panel: Will Blockchain Liberate the Netizens?

In 2008 a pseudonymous figure named Satoshi Nakamoto released a PDF entitled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System.” Within a year a small cadre of libertarian cypherpunks began evangelizing a technological breakthrough. In 2018, after untold amounts of digital wealth have made speculators rich, we are witnessing a Cambrian explosion of technology based on Nakamoto’s core innovation: the Blockchain. Join our panel of investors, academics, and yes one or two cypherpunks for a conversation about how this technology that began as a tool to liberate netizens from the tyranny will be the "Next Big Thing"? READ MORE >>

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Apr
6
2:30 PM14:30

Mini Keynote: George Yancopoulos '80CC, '85GF, '87PS, MD, President and Chief Scientific Officer, Regeneron

George D. Yancopoulos '80CC, '85GF, '87PS, MD, Ph.D., is Regeneron’s President and Chief Scientific Officer. He has led Regeneron alongside Len Schleifer, MD, Ph.D., since 1989. George has been driven by science his entire life. He began his education at the Bronx High School of Science, received his MD and Ph.D. from Columbia University and went on to become the 11th most highly cited scientist in the world in the 1990s. In 2004, he was elected to be a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Yancopoulos, together with key members of his team, is a principal inventor and developer of Regeneron's six FDA-approved drugs, as well as its foundational technologies, including the Trap technology, VelociGene® and VelocImmune®. READ MORE >>

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Apr
6
2:10 PM14:10

Panel: Women Inventors: The Intersection of University Research and Entrepreneurship

Sponsored by Columbia's Women Inventors Network and by Women in Science @ Columbia this discussion takes a deep dive into the tale of three scientists' journey from innovation to spinout and what life is like at the intersection of university research and the commercial sector. Most importantly, this panel shares lessons learned from this experience with the younger generation of women inventors. READ MORE >>

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Apr
6
11:00 AM11:00

Mini Keynote: Shane Snow '10JRN “Dreamteams”

In Dream Teams, award-winning journalist Shane Snow takes us on an adventure through psychology, neuroscience, business and more, revealing what separates groups that simply get by together from teams that get better together. You'll meet rap groups, pirate gangs, buddy cops, pioneering women in journalism and the FBI, soviet hockey teams, outrageous artists and city planners, and the people behind social movements that changed the world. READ MORE >>

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Apr
6
10:20 AM10:20

Panel: Astropreneurship and the coming of the NewSpace revolution 

Sputnik, meet Falcon Heavy.  “Old space” was a race between the US and the Soviet Union, an extension of the Cold War fueled by fear.  Since then, the power centers of innovation have shifted.  NewSpace is entrepreneurial and aspirational. It may seem like reaching for the stars, but the revolution is here.  The movement has already produced a highly visible, globally emerging, private space innovation industry. Elon Musk of SpaceX, Jeff Bezos of Blue Origin, and Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic are in the headlines. Join Singularity University fellow Sidney Nakahodo, former NASA astronauts, NewSpace founders, and technologists for a conversation about how a distinctly commercially-minded, aerospace startups are working independently to develop faster, better, and cheaper technologies that will democratize space and the usher in a proliferation of space technologies. READ MORE >>

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