Techno-Liberation // Can Technology Contribute to Social Equality?

 04 June
 UCL, Christopher Ingold XLG1 Chemistry LT
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 Emilia Hastenichgesehn
Frugal innovation, digital divide, technological empowerment – contemporary trends in social movements and technological development are increasingly embracing the very idea of technology as a disruptive driver of social change. Yet, opponents voice doubts. Can technological advancement lead to a more equal society? And what about the Internet or movements such as frugal innovation? And what does it take to build a world where technology helps everyone to reach their full potential? We invited academics, politicians and entrepreneurs to discuss their ideas on social inequalities and the possible solutions technology has to offer. On our panel are - Judy Wajcman (Author of Pressed for Time. The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism, LSE) - Charles Leadbeater (Author of We-Think: Mass Innovation Not Mass Production, NESTA) - David Wood (Chair London Futurists) - Marcos Cruz (Co-Founder of and BiotA LAB, UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) The discussion will be chaired by Jack Stilgoe (Editorial Board Public Understanding of Science, UCL) The event will run from 6 pm - 8 pm. It will close with a drink reception, where Richard Beckett (UCL) will show his 3D printed pieces of work! This is a student-organized event and free to attend. However, we advise to register through the following webpage: We are looking forward to seeing you there. ----- If you are interested in making any contributions to this event (giving workshops on 3D printing, explaining why synthetic biology can support social equality, ...), please feel free to contact us!! Stsucl UCL Science and Technology Studies

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