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  • Date and time: Sunday 7 June 2020, 4pm to 5pm
  • Location: Online event
  • Audience: Open to alumni, staff, students, the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking not required

Event details

Scientist Alice Courvoisier takes a hard look at some of the technologies we surround ourselves with, discussing how do they impact our lives, the environment and the lives of others.

Most importantly she asks: what would form a sound basis for ethical and responsible technological innovation?

In a context where technologies are often imposed from the top down or by for-profit corporations without proper public scrutiny, Alice believes this question is relevant to everyone and should be reclaimed by the public sphere. At this time of extreme uncertainty and misinformation, she will argue that meaningful answers can only come from reconnecting with our hearts.

Please be aware that some of the content can be emotionally challenging as we address issues such as environmental justice, cultural and unconscious bias, and work to dismantle the Western narrative of linear progress.

Please access this event via Alice's blog

Image credit: Drawing by Jess Wallace.

About the speaker

Alice Courvoisier taught mathematics at the University of York, including a Lifelong Learning course on the History of Numbers. She is also a keen storyteller. Alice has taken part in York Festival of Ideas since 2013 and loves the freedom of thought offered by the Festival - to approach a theme from the viewpoints of different disciplines.