Matt Beane to Speak on Artificial Intelligence March 21

by Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture

The Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture (IPEC), partnered with Michigan Tech’s Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, the Portage Lake District Library and the Michigan Humanities Council, is presenting “Work in Transition,” a virtual speaker series in March 2023.

Matt Beane, assistant professor of technology management at the University of California Santa Barbara will speak tomorrow (March 21) at 7 p.m. via Zoom webinar.

Beane is a digital fellow with MIT’s Institute for the Digital Economy and a leading expert on work involving robots. His field research examines the ways artificial intelligence (AI) and intelligent machines are changing work and the broader implications of these technologies for workers, managers and organizations.

Beane’s research and speaking focuses on ways we bend and break rules to get results from technology and converting these deviant practices into tomorrow’s solutions. His research has appeared in top management publications such as Administrative Science Quarterly and Harvard Business Review. He has spoken at TED, was selected in 2012 as a Human-Robot Interaction Pioneer and is a regular contributor to popular outlets such as Wired, MIT’s Technology Review, TechCrunch, Forbes and Robohub. He also took a two-year hiatus from his doctoral studies to help establish and fund Humatics, an MIT-connected, full-stack Internet of Things (IoT) start-up.

Unlike most academics, Beane’s work brings him side-by-side with leaders, technologists and workers on the cutting edge of robotics and AI deployments. His talks draw from his many hundreds of hours — sometimes years — watching, interviewing and collaborating with people pioneering new approaches needed to integrate robotics and AI into critical work tasks.

Beane’s presentation, titled “How AI Technology is Changing the Future of Work,” will focus on the implications of futuristic robot and AI technology on human workers.

Jason Archer (HU), assistant professor of communication and media technologies, will host a discussion and Q&A following Beane’s presentation.

Register for the webinar.

For more information about the lecture series, visit IPEC’s Work in Transition page.

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