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Saturday, October 22 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
The Perils and Promise of Edge Technologies

Dramatic advances in several cutting-edge technologies, such as genetics, robotics, artificial intelligence and communications media, could radically alter life on Earth. There is indeed great potential for increasing the common good in some of these spheres, but they each pose great risks as well as present complex conundrums regarding their regulation. The example of nuclear power and Fukushima reminds us of the very real perils of technological hubris, and the dramatic capacity of new technologies such as synthetic biology and CRISPR gene editing to potentially re-shape our very DNA raise enormously consequential ethical conundrums. Hosted by J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Conference Associate Producer. With: Marcy Darnovsky, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Center for Genetics and Society; Mayumi Oda, world-renowned artist, longtime anti-nuclear activist; Elizabeth Dwoskin, Silicon Valley reporter for the Washington Post.

Workshop Speakers
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Marcy Darnovsky

Marcy Darnovsky, Ph.D., Executive Director at the Center for Genetics and Society, a Berkeley, California-based public affairs organization working to encourage responsible uses and effective societal governance of reproductive and human genetic technologies, speaks and writes widely on human biotechnologies, focusing on their social justice, human rights, health equity, and public interest implications, and has been interviewed for hundreds of... Read More →
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Elizabeth Dwoskin

Elizabeth Dwoskin, Silicon Valley Correspondent for the Washington Post, reports on how the tech world influences the broader culture, commerce, attitudes, and policy. Dwoskin was previously a Wall Street Journal technology reporter focusing on artificial intelligence, algorithms, and big data, and, before that, a staff writer with Bloomberg Businessweek covering politics.
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J.P. Harpignies

J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Conference Associate Producer, affiliated with Bioneers since 1990, is a NYC-based consultant, conference producer, copy-editor and writer. A former Program Director at the New York Open Center and a senior review team member for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge the last 5 years, he has authored or edited several books, including Political Ecosystems, Delusions of Normality, Visionary Plant Consciousness, and, most... Read More →
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Mayumi Oda

Mayumi Oda, a renowned artist often called "the Matisse of Japan" whose work is part of the permanent collections of several of the world's leading museums, has exhibited over 50 one-woman shows internationally. Founder of Plutonium Free Future in 1992, Mayumi has long been a deeply committed international anti-nuclear activist, and is also the founder of Ginger Hill, a farm and a retreat center on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Saturday October 22, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Sausalito Room