Lecture 34: Shaping the Future of Autonomous Systems in Society

2018/10/16 14:07:00

Topic: Shaping the Future of Autonomous Systems in Society 

Time: October 23rd (Tuesday), 2018, 14:00-16:00 

 Location: Room 239, Xinjian Building, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Xuhui Campus (No. 1954 Huashan Road, Xuhui District) 

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Organizer: China Institute for Urban Governance, School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University 


Emerging technologies are fundamentally impacting and transforming all aspects of our society. Professor Desouza is particularly concerned with how technological innovations impact 1) the design of our public institutions, 2) the apparatuses through which we shape, implement, and evaluate public policies, and 3) our governance frameworks for public goods. All indications suggest that we are moving toward a world where autonomous systems will dictate how we interface and interact with other agents and objects in our society. We can take advantage of emerging technologies to make our societies more livable, just, resilient, and sustainable. To realize this future, we need active and sustained engagement by scholars across a myriad of disciplines, especially public policy and management. 

Public policy and governance scholars have largely been absent when it comes to engineering efforts related to the design and deployment of autonomous systems and policy debates that will shape their impact on our society. In this talk, Professor Desouza will outline why we need active engagement by public policy and management scholars during phases of autonomous systems development and implementation. Examples will be drawn from over a dozen research engagements that have studied emerging technologies in the public sector, from predictive analytic systems to blockchain, social media platforms, and machine learning algorithms. I will outline key governance dilemmas and policy challenges confronting public agencies as they try to keep up with the rapid pace of technological innovations. 

Speaker’s bio: 

Kevin C. Desouza is a Professor of Business, Technology and Strategy in the School of Management at the QUT Business School. He is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution and is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the China Institute for Urban Governance at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He has held tenured faculty appointments at the University of Washington, Virginia Tech, and Arizona State University (ASU). In addition, he holds or has held visiting appointments at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Università Bocconi, University of the Witwatersrand, and the University of Ljubljana. 

Desouza has authored, co-authored, and/or edited nine books. He has published more than 100 articles in journals across a range of disciplines including information systems, information science, public administration, political science, technology management, and urban affairs. His research has been cited over 7000 times. Multiple outlets have featured his work including Sloan Management Review, Stanford Social Innovation Research, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Businessweek, Wired, Governing, Slate.com, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR, PBS, and Computerworld. Desouza has advised, briefed, and/or consulted for major international corporations, non-governmental organizations, and public agencies on strategic management issues ranging from management of information systems, to knowledge management, innovation programs, crisis management, and leadership development. Desouza has received over $1.8 million in research funding from both private and government organizations. For more information, please visit: http://www.kevindesouza.net.

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