The Influence of Technology on our Moral Norms: Who Decides?
May 7, 02018: A Long Now Boston Conversation with
Juan Enriquez — Futurist, Educator, Author, Venture Investor
See the after-event writeup for a discussion of this event.
An interactive conversation on the structure and formation of moral norms and the profound influence technology exerts on those norms.
The application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes -i.e.: Technology – has taken us at superspeed to an innovation renaissance. New and extraordinary choices previously thought impossible or even unimaginable are being realized daily.
A perfect example is the of bio/medical/pharma sector where the benefits obtained from the likes of organ transplants, in-vitro fertilization and stem cell transplantation are hard to question. At the same time, these innovations risk upsetting our cultural moral norms. How far and how fast are we willing to change what has historically been considered acceptable and reasonable? What is right? What is wrong? Who decides?
Medicine, aerospace, computing, AI, manufacturing, robotics, energy, even social media. When our grandchildren look back in 50 years will they point and say “I can’t understand how they could have been so morally deficient as to allow — fill in the blank — to happen?
What is right? What is wrong? Who decides?
Juan Enriquez, renowned futurist, best-selling author and venture investor will lead Long Now Boston in an interactive conversation on the structure and formation of moral norms and the profound influence technology exerts on those norms. Join the conversation and become part of the solution.
Juan Enriquez is a featured TED Talk presenter and a prolific writer. He teaches about the economic and political impacts of life sciences, future brain technologies, as well as the rise and fall of countries. Juan was founding director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project, ran Mexico City’s Urban Development Corporation and served as a Peace negotiator in Chiapas. He was also a member of the Sorcerer II Expedition, a global circumnavigation, with Craig Venter, a research effort that doubled the known genes from all species.
Juan co-authored the first map of global nucleotide data flow, selected by Rem Koolhaas and Wired as one of the iconic examples of 21st century design, and has been on many boards including Cabot Corp., Synthetic Genomics, Harvard Medical School Advisory Council, WGBH, Center for Excellence in Education, and the Boston Science Museum just to name a few.
We’re proud and excited to welcome Juan to the Long Now Boston community.