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The aim of this talk is to demystify terms associated with our online presence. In order to meaningfully participate in the current debate around how the Internet intersects and in many ways directs various aspects of our lives, it is critical to understand the digital terminology that has now become commonplace. Informed user understanding of this language can empower the person to take control of the narrative versus being controlled by the same narrative if this lexicon mystifies them.
The focus will be on the new and sometimes arcane vocabulary associated with the new digital technologies, which only the expert and the initiated understand. Language becomes an instrument of privileging knowledge and limiting understanding. It is important that we de-mystify digital jargon, narrow the gap between technology and its understanding among citizens and societies. An effort will be made to unpack concepts such as algorithms, blockchains, machine-learning, big data and artificial intelligence and explore their impact in different dimensions.
Opening remarks by Ambassador Shyam Saran- Life Trustee, IIC and former Foreign Secretary
Keynote Address and Chair: Prof K. Vijay Raghavan- Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India
Mr Abhishek Pitti- Co-founder & CEO, Nucleus Vision
Mr Dhruv Arora- Manager, Digital and Strategic Communications, Centre for Policy Research
Ms Mahima Kaul- Head, Public Policy & Government Partnerships, India, Twitter
Prof Gagandeep Kang- Executive Director, Translational Health Science Technology Institute (THSTI)
The talk will be livestreamed on the IIC website; available on Facebook-live on the Metamorphoses Facebook page; and video recordings will be available on YouTube, as well as disseminated through social media channels hosted on the Metamorphoses website. The promotional video for Metamorphoses can be accessed here.
Questions will be taken on a special number through SMS, provided at the venue, and selected ones will be answered given time constraints.
Metamorphoses is a modest effort to try and bridge the gap between digital technologies, which are transforming our lives, and our understanding of their multiple dimensions. It will unfold in a series of nine interactions covering different aspects of the digital revolution.
This series will examine the impacts of digital technologies on the human psyche and on societies – exploring ways in which some of the negative elements may be mitigated. There will be a peep into the future – of what machine learning and artificial intelligence may bring to human experience – and the moral and ethical dilemma associated with these. It will also delve into issues relating to data privacy and cyber security as well as the emerging legal regime to regulate this critical domain.