Reactivity summit (Formerly Anthropology + Technology Conference) returns online again for the third year on Thursday 20 and Friday May 21, with a “fantastic selection of speakers” and the opportunity to learn and connect with representatives from around the world who are committed to it. Responsibly design and build digital solutions.
Richard Godfrey, CEO and Co-Founder, Rocket maker, Summarizes the summit’s appeal to tech companies like him:
“At RocketMakers we are committed to building socially responsible technology, whether we are creating social and environmental impact focused projects for our customers, or we are looking for software solutions with minimal impact on the planet. We bronze for the second year in a row Very happy to be a sponsor. ”
Anthropologist Don Walter, founder of the Reactivity Summit, explains the new name: “The Reactivity Summit was rebranded to focus on action. Now for technology designers and social scientists to come together The time is, to create planet-centric digital solutions that work performanceally and measurably and do not augment or reinforce existing social and economic inequalities. ”
This year’s event brings together academics, business and public sector scientists and business leaders to exchange ideas, build networks, and investigate how AI is built responsibly without putting a brake on innovation, Can be designed and deployed. Bristol is a great home for the summit as it is bursting with technological innovation and people want to innovate in a way that produces positive long-term results.
With over 40 speakers speaking in 25 sessions over two days, here are our top 5 selections for the first day, Thursday 20 May.
# 1: Academic Keynote: How can we be responsive to this world?
Professor Susan Halford, Co-Director, Bristol Digital Futures Institute, Academic Keynote Speech on Day One: “Digital and social are now co-evolving with contingent outcomes that pose profound challenges to equality, social cohesion and sustainability. The big question is, how can we be responsive to this world?
# 2: Humanization Technology
Lorraine Ruster and Thea Snow (Australia) shared the findings of a project on how to redefine the role and responsibility of governments to actively enable and support people to live their best lives using technology ; Dr Jennifer Sarns (UK) explores how we can design empathy in digital mental health care; And Dr Emily Corrigan-Cavanagh (UK) share a participatory approach to designing sound sensing technology to improve people’s urban lives.
# 3: Ethical questions of AI and Care Infrastructure in Africa
Aza Ahmed, Amina Souleimani, and Min’Nhle Ncube will discuss the ethical problems of digital health care and digital life to discuss the perspectives of HUMA – Institute for Humanities in Africa, University of Cape Town, Rwanda, Morocco and Zambia. Institutional care, as the continent makes sense to adopt new technologies in its project to address progress and suffering.
# 4: Relying on algorithms, auditing and explaining
Dr. Gemma Galdon and Emma Lopez (Spain) share their experience gained from a bottom-up approach to algorithmic auditing by combining both social science and computer science; Agnethe Groen (Denmark) explains how a service design approach helped a team develop explanations that different stakeholders need to rely on AI screening tools; And Lara Macdonald share the UK’s Center for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) Findings on addressing bias and discrimination in an algorithmic era.
# 5: Designing for Marginalized and Forgotten Communities
Ariol Fox (UK) asks us to think about how we explicitly include places and communities that are still ‘coming online’; Mariliis eren (UK) explores the challenges involved in creating digital solutions to improve mental health for people from the following socio-economic groups; And Anna Leggett (UK) shared a research project that explored opportunities to connect with marginalized communities during the epidemic.
Ticket prices are £ 95 (standard), £ 50 (third region), and £ 30 (student). Tickets include access to all talks, conference sessions on the second day, yoga classes and workshops at lunch time. Day passes are also available: standard £ 66.50, third sector £ 30, and student £ 21. Tickets can be Bought here