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technology | Jan 17th, 2018

Biotech. Beats. Big Ideas. Introducing MIT’s David Kong, the STEM Expert Who Wants to Bring Everyone Into the Lab.

How do we advance scientific progress? We need to be more inclusive, says new Lavin speaker David Kong, Director of MIT Media Lab’s new Community Biotechnology Initiative. We must bring art together with technology. More importantly, we need to invite different minds into the lab and classroom,... Continue Reading →
technology | Dec 14th, 2017

Among the “Top Influencers” on LinkedIn for 2017 Is Nicholas Thompson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired

LinkedIn’s Top Voices: Influencers are those who are “curating what you need to know to stay ahead when it comes to understanding the world and your career.” This year, Wired editor-in-chief, Nicholas Thompson made the list (alongside Canadian superstar Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and GE Vice... Continue Reading →
technology | Oct 26th, 2017

Does the Rise of Robots Mean the End of Work? And Is That a Bad Thing? Martin Ford’s New TED Talk

“Is it possible that at some point in the future, a significant fraction of the human workforce will be made redundant?” asks Martin Ford in his freshly-minted TED Talk. The exciting possibilities of new technology have always been tempered by threat, he says. How can we protect ourselves and... Continue Reading →
technology | Sep 6th, 2017

Critical Thinking is the New Firewall: Cybersecurity Analyst Laura Galante’s New TED Talk

“Our realities are increasingly based on the information that we’re consuming in the palm of our hand” says leading cybersecurity analyst Laura Galante in her recent TED Talk. Brilliantly, Galante shows not only how we’re being deceived, but more vitally, ways we can protect ourselves.    Citing... Continue Reading →
technology | Jun 9th, 2017

New Lavin Speaker Laura Galante: Defending Cyberspace As We Would Our Land, Sea, and Air

To Laura Galante, cyber security—and cyber literacy—are indispensable tools for any government or corporation. From The New York Times and CNN to the TED2017 mainstage, Galante makes sense of a subject notorious for spin—and links the need for digital literacy to a defense of both corporate... Continue Reading →
technology | May 10th, 2017

The Lavin Interview with Nicholas Thompson: New Editor-in-Chief of Wired on the Future of Tech, A.I., and Humanity

Newly minted Wired EIC Nicholas Thompson is ready to revitalize the iconic tech monthly. As the former digital editor of The New Yorker, Thompson introduced an uncompromising level of quality to the online platform, increasing readership exponentially. With two issues of Wired under his belt,... Continue Reading →
technology | Apr 10th, 2017

What Does Your Data Know that You Don't? Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Surely a search engine wouldn’t understand our desires better than we do, right? Well, we’re forgetting one thing: we don’t sugarcoat anything for a search bar. According to former Google data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s new book Everybody Lies, people are skilled fabricators whether we... Continue Reading →
technology | Dec 23rd, 2016

The New AI: David Rose Speaks on Staying Human in the Age of Automation

David Rose taught us about the Internet of Things—the interconnected web of objects transforming our day-to-day routines. Now, in a new keynote, he raises vital questions regarding AI: How will it alter our lives, both at home and at work? What jobs will it replace? And what if the machines make us... Continue Reading →
technology | Nov 8th, 2016

“We’re Starting to Use It Every Day”: Speaker Helen Papagiannis on Augmented Reality

With the overnight ubiquity of Pokemon Go this past summer, we saw the transformative power of a new kind of technology: augmented reality. And according to Helen Papagiannis, author of the upcoming book Augmented Human (March 2017), Nintendo’s creature-catching phenomenon marks only the beginning.... Continue Reading →
technology | Apr 15th, 2013

Are We Addicted To Technology? Alex Pang On Digital Distraction

If you're like most tech-savvy people, you probably check your smartphone up to 40 times a day. You might regularly  fall asleep with your phone in your bed or your computer on. And, you may even start to hear phantom notifications going off on your device—even when there are no new emails or text... Continue Reading →
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