AI, Wearables, and our Future Digital Lives

  • September 18, 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Aurora Cineplex - In Person

     Isabel Pedersen, PhD

Dr. Isabel Pedersen is the founding Director of the Digital Life Institute, an international research network of multidisciplinary scholars studying the social implications of emergent digital technologies, where she also leads the AI and Social Implications cluster. She is Professor of Communication Studies at Ontario Tech University and studies the cultural, ethical, and political challenges posed by technological change through design, adoption and adaptation, concentrating on emergent digital devices. Her most recent co-authored book is Augmentation technologies and artificial intelligence in technical and professional communication: Designing ethical futures (Ann Hill Duin and Isabel Pedersen, 2023, Routledge). 

Dr. Pedersen has held several distinguished positions and awards. She held the Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture (September 2012-August 2022). She was inducted into The Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists (2014 – 2021). She was awarded the Scholarly Research and Creative Activity Award, Faculty of Communication and Design at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) in 2010. She has served as Associate Professor (2009-2012) in the School of Professional Communication, Faculty of Communication and Design, Toronto Metropolitan University.  

Dr. Pedersen has given many invited international talks and keynotes, a few of which include the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Big Thinking on the Hill Lecture Series, World Science Festival in New York, IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (keynote), Global Affairs Canada AI Symposium, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, The Walrus Talks, TEDx.

AI, Wearables, and our Future Digital Lives

Embodied computing technology is being proposed now that will change how people live in vastly different ways in our evolving post-Internet society. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is seeping into all facets of life, and generative AI specifically is changing how we work, create, interact with others, and live. This talk will discuss issues such as personal privacy, human agency, creativity, cultural values, and ethics surrounding early-phase embodied technologies and the unintended consequences that may result in the future.

This event is part of the Fall 2023 Speaker series. 

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