On April 16, 2019 the CSG launched the Waterloo Symposium on Technology & Society at the Balsillie School for International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada. The inaugural event featured a keynote lecture by the renowned futurist and New York Times best selling author Martin Ford and a panel featuring Clearpath Robotics CTO Ryan Gariepy, University of Waterloo Engineering Professor William Melek, and CIGI Senior Fellow Joël Blit. The event explored the ways in which rapid innovations in the field of robotics are affecting the economy and everyday life in North America and across the world. The event provided a sobering reminder of some of the immense challenges this technological leap presents, such as rising inequality and social dislocation, but also highlighted public policy measures that can be taken to mitigate these adverse effects. In the weeks ahead the CSG will publish a policy brief that will highlight both the challenges and mitigation strategies that were explored at the symposium.
The symposium series is made possible by the generous support of EXEL Research Inc. and its CEO, Savvas Chamberlain. Dr. Chamberlain opened the series with a speech that highlighted the importance of maintaining an open and vigorous public dialogue on how technology is transforming our society. You can download that opening address here.