San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Science non-Fiction and the Bottom Billion: Evolving Fairer Frameworks for the Future
Scientific and technological advances have had significant effects on the lives of the world’s poorest people. All too often, however, such people are excluded from the benefits and bear the brunt of negative externalities of technological change. If understanding of the political, social, economic and cultural implications of new technologies were to mature at a similar rate to that of the process of scientific innovation, might it be possible to change this? If those responsible for evolving and implementing political, regulatory and policy frameworks were to become more future-ready with regard to scientific and technological advances, could the interests of the bottom billion be better served?
Taking a case study approach this series asks:
What are the philosophical and ethical implications of scientific advances and technological inventions presently being developed in Cambridge?
What might be the social, economic, political and cultural consequences should these advances come into being, and for whom?
What legal and policy frameworks could be put in place to enhance positive, and mitigate against negative, impacts, particularly for poor and marginalised people?
What work could be going on in the arts, humanities and social sciences simultaneously with the work of scientists to ensure that future scientific and technological advances enhance, rather than undermine, the wellbeing of the world’s bottom billion?
For the final seminar this Michaelmas term on Wednesday 25th November (12pm - 2pm), we shall be exploring the:
“The social and political implications of using drones to conserve wildlife”
Chris Sandbrook, Department of Geography
Respondent: Gavin Shelton, Fauna & Flora International
The seminar will be based on an article that has just been published online, titled “The social implications of using drones for biodiversity conservation.
The event is free, but we recommend booking a space above. If you cannot attend the seminar in person, but would like to attend the seminar online, please register on Go-To-Webinar, here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Lara Allen (Centre for Global Equality previously the Humanitarian Centre)
Alan Blackwell (Computer Laboratory)
Robert Doubleday (Centre for Science and Policy)
Sharath Srinavasan (Centre of Governance and Human Rights, POLIS)
Bhaskar Vira (Department of Geography)
When & Where
Centre for Global Equality
The Centre for Global Equality focuses the resources available in world centres of excellence such as Cambridge on evolving innovative solutions to global challenges. We contribute to greater global equality by improving access for the underprivileged to the intellectual, social and financial resources usually reserved for the elite.
We are a network of NGOs, academics, businesses and individuals who work collaboratively towards reducing extreme inequality, a root cause of poverty and marginalisation globally. Based in Cambridge, we have over 50 member organisations that work on more than 90 projects in 27 countries.
For more information please visit: www.centreforglobalequality.org