TECH TALK EVENT: I-House Trustee Adam Quinton moderates this talk with tech ethicist and digital citizenship expert David Ryan Polgar who is a leading voice in what constitutes tech balance and digital wellness.
Major technology companies like Google and Facebook once promoted a near utopian vision: that they would bring people, indeed the planet, together and make the world a better place. Now they are being accused of, amongst other things, abusing our privacy, being vehicles that enable foreign interference in elections around the world, enabling the transmission of extremist hate messages resulting in the radicalization of mass killers. Adam Quinton and David Ryan Polgar will discuss the dramatic fall from grace of the tech industry, its implications, consequences and possible solutions. Please join us for a fascinating conversation!
David Ryan Polgar is a pioneering tech ethicist who paved the way for the hotly-debated issues around Facebook, AI ethics, unintended consequences, digital wellbeing, and what it means to be human in the digital age. He has appeared on CBS This Morning, BBC World News, Fast Company, SiriusXM, Associated Press, the Washington Post’s “Can He Do That?” podcast, and many others. An international speaker with rare insight into building a better future with technology, Polgar has been on stage at Harvard Business School, Princeton University, The School of the New York Times, TechChill (Latvia), The Next Web (Netherlands), FutureNow (Slovakia), and the Future Health Summit (Ireland).
Polgar is the founder and executive director of All Tech Is Human, which acts as a catalyst and connector for tech change. By convening cross-sector gatherings, promoting knowledge-sharing and collaboration, and curating valuable resources, the organization is shifting the process of how technology is developed and deployed to one that is more inclusive, multidisciplinary, and participatory. All Tech Is Human unites a broad range of technologists, academics, artists, advocates, policymakers, and students to co-create a more thoughtful future towards technology.
Polgar is a frequent consultant and tech commentator, co-host of the podcast Funny as Tech, and an advisor for Hack Mental Health, the Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness (TAM) program, and #ICANHELP–all committed to using tech for good.
Adam Quinton is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). In the startup space, Quinton has invested in and advised a number of early stage companies with a focus on diverse founding teams. He is the Chair of the North American Jury for the Cartier Women’s Initiative, a mentor for the 92Y “Women in Power” Program and a Board member of International House where he serves on several committees.