Program

Tentative Program
Day 1 – Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Time Session
8:30 am – 9 am Opening Remarks
9 am – 10 am Keynote
Seval Oz, CEO, Aurima
10 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 12 pm Panel on Women Making the Future
Alicia Abella, AT&T, moderator
Mary Gendron, Qualcomm
Christine Miyachi
, Xerox
Seval Oz, CEO, Aurima
Jeewika Ranaweera, Oracle
12 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
Norman Shaw, IEEE Standards Association
1:30 pm – 3 pm Far Futures
Stuart Mason Dambrot, moderator
Ted Berger, University of Southern California
Karin HollerbachCyber-Physical Systems R&D and Deployment
Conrad Rosenbrock
, Tracy Inc., Brigham Young University
Roberto Saracco, EIT Digital, A future where our self will experience no boundaries
3 pm – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm – 5 pm Neuroscience and Brain
Paul Sajda, Columbia University, moderator 
Matthew Angle, Paradromics
Christoph Guger, g.tec
Laura Specker Sullivan, College of Charleston
5 pm – 6:30 pm Agricultural Food Systems
Upkar Dhaliwal, moderator
Derek Footer, HardTech Labs, CEO  
Miku Jha
, AgShift, CEO
Tim Mackey, University of California San Diego, Global Health Policy Director
Bernie Meyerson, IBM, Chief Innovation Officer,
John Verboncoeur, Michigan State University, IEEE AgTech Adhoc Chair
6:30 pm + Reception / Dinner

 

Day 2 – Thursday, 1 November 2018

Time Session
8:30 am – 9 am Recap of Day 1Roberto Saracco
9 am – 10 am Keynote
Poppy Crum, Dolby Laboratories
10 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 12 pm Young Entrepreneurs and N3XT
Rakesh Kumar, TCX Technology Connexions, moderator
Tom Coughlin, Coughlin Associates, Inc.
Colin Curtin, Human Interest
Greg Horowitt, T2 Venture Capital
Veronica Osinski, Trifecta Capital
Conor Russomanno, Meta
Ganesh Subramanian, Panimalar Institute of Technology
12 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
Jim Jefferies, IEEE President
1:30 pm – 3 pm Mixed Reality
Joshua Fairfield, Washington & Lee University
Nicholas Napp
, Xmark Labs, LLC
Conor Russomanno, Meta
Raj Tiwari, Johnson & Johnson
3 pm – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm – 5 pm Distinguished Experts Panel 
Celia Desmond, Echologics and World Class – Telecommunications, moderator
Jaafar Elmirghani
, University of Leeds
John C Havens, IEEE Global AI Ethics Initiative
Steve Welby, IEEE
5 pm – 5:30 pm Closing Remarks

Abstracts 

A Future where our self will experience no boundaries

Human history has been characterized by a progressive expansion of boundaries. From the agricultural society where most people lived and died within a 20 miles radius of their place of birth to today’s web of flights encircling the planet making it possible to reach the other side of the Earth in a day.

While technology made this possible, it actually did something even more significant: It changed our perception of time and space. It shrunk the world and densified our communities—and in doing so, changed ourselves and the way we perceive the world.

Are we done? Not at all!

In the next 30 years I believe we will see an even more dramatic change, fostered by technology evolution, that will be more about creating a sense of pervasiveness of our self in the world.

Technologies like augmented reality today are separate from us. We need special goggles, we need a smartphone….but in twenty years’ time augmented reality will be part of our senses, be it through electronic contact lenses first, followed by eye lens, retinal, and brain implants. We will extend our senses, seeing things in the infrared, nano-pulses, ultraviolet, hearing things at high frequencies, seeing the electromagnetic spectrum, feeling presence at a distance….

In a way we will get augmented reality through our own “augmentation”.

More radical technologies, fraught with ethical concerns – like genomic engineering—are basically inevitable. While the “engineering” part is becoming a commodity, the big hurdles today are understanding the effect of genetic manipulation. New approaches based on artificial intelligence will connect the genotype with the phenotype, making “humans a la carte” a reality. Notice that among the understand of the effect I also include the effects on offsprings following such a mutation, offsprings that could be generated through the mixing of a non mutated genome with a mutated one.

Our augmentation will go hand in hand with the “embedding of a soul” in artefacts: our ambient environment and its constituents will become more and more aware, more and more able to interact with us on a peer-to-peer level.

We have basically passed the Turing test, and fake news and fake interactions have become a major (unexpected) side effect of this evolution. Our digital twins will start to have a life of their own—and we might end up living parallel lives, an augmented one in the physical world and several ones in cyberspace. The big problem is that it will be more and more difficult to find a boundary between us, the world of atoms, and cyberspace. This is the amazing change we will experience in the second part of this century: the disappearance of boundaries. The philosophical question “Who am I?” will take a completely different flavor.

Let’s prepare for that.