top speakers | January 16, 2018

Democracy, Artificial Intelligence, Cryptocurrency, & Compassion: Four Speakers Asking 2018's Biggest Questions

With uncertain political, economic, and social landscapes on the horizon, Yascha Mounk, Ajay Agrawal, Michael Casey and Megan Phelps-Roper are four speakers exploring the subjects that will define 2018. 

Is democracy in danger?

Americans, specifically young Americans, are losing faith in democracy. Author and political theorist Yascha Mounk explains why it’s happening and what we can do about it.  


How To Save Democracy | Yascha Mounk | TEDxBerlin



What will the A.I. revolution really look like?

World-leading A.I. researcher Ajay Agrawal is the founder of U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab, home to the greatest concentration of A.I.-enabled companies in any program on Earth. He uses plain, jargon-free language to unpack the full potential of A.I. 


NextAI Venture Day 2017 - Ajay Agrawal



Is this the age of cryptocurrency?

Senior Advisor to MITs Digital Currency Initiative and co-author of The Age of Cryptocurrency, Michael Casey demystifies blockchain, bitcoin and social media, and in the process empowers people to take new technologies into their own hands and disrupt the status quo.   


Michael Casey  - Senior Advisor for Blockchain Opportunities, MIT



How do we generate empathy?

Megan Phelps-Roper, once a prominent member of the Westboro Baptist Church, known for its virulent hate speech and cruel protests, is now one of its rare defectors. Her highly anticipated memoir is already set to grace the silver screen and her TED talk has been viewed over five million times. 


I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here's why I left | Megan Phelps-Roper



Yascha Mounk, Ajay Agrawal, Michael Casey and Megan Phelps-Roper are just a few of our speakers on politics, machine learning, distruptive technology and empathy. Check out our topics page for more information on our keynote speakers. 

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