Virtual Event Monday, February 22 at 10:00am to 11:00am
Distinguished Colloquium – Computer Science
Zoom Link: https://umsystem.zoom.us/j/91226409145 (Pass Code: 1234)
Speaker: Prof. Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, MIT
Title: By the People, For the People: what science tells us about liberal democracy
Date: Monday, February 22, 2021 @10:00 am CST
Abstract: The design of Western society, and virtually all of our debates about society, are based on the 18th century model of humans as rational individuals. Modern science tells us that while this is a decent first approximation, it is fundamentally wrong when it comes to understanding capitalism, education, and governance. I will talk about how a better understanding of ourselves as social beings can address many of the challenges we face.
Bio: MIT Prof. Alex Pentland is co-creator of the MIT Media Lab and the field of Computational Social Science. He was key in discussions that lead to the EU privacy regulations (GDPR) and shaping the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He is a member of the US National Academies, discussion leader for the World Leadership Alliance, and a social entrepreneur who has helped create companies that today serve the needs of about one third of humanity.