The MIT Human Factor Conference is a one-day event hosted by the MIT Club of Northern California in partnership with MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS). It will take place at the stunning SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco and feature stellar SHASS faculty, including the Dean of the SHASS school, and provide an opportunity to mix and mingle with hundreds of fellow MIT Alumni. It will be an unforgettable event featuring talks, performances, and socializing. A cocktail hour will follow the event. Hope to see you there!

Speakers will include:

    • Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize Winner; columnist for The New York Times and blogger for Wired
    • Eran Egozy, Co-creator of Guitar Hero and Rock Band; MIT Professor of the Practice in Music Technology
    • Seth Mnookin, Author of The Panic Virus; MIT Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Science Writing
    • Agustín Rayo, Dean of MIT SHASS and Professor of Philosophy; Author of On the Brink of Paradox
    • Adam Berinsky, Author of Silent Voices: Public Opinion and Political Participation in America; Director of the MIT Political Experiments Research Lab
    • Sara Brown, Lead for the Unbound Mural Project; MIT Professor in Theater Arts
    • Caspar Hare, MIT Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean of the College of Computing and Co-Director of the Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing Initiative
    • Martin Beraja, MIT Professor of Economics with expertise in new technologies and the role of governments

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Topics will include Combating misinformation, Ethics, computing, and AI, Science journalism, Tech-enabled creativity, and New technologies and the role of governments.

"Humanity faces urgent challenges — challenges whose solutions depend on marrying advanced technical and scientific capabilities with a deep understanding of the world's political, cultural, and economic complexities." — L. Rafael Reif, President of MIT

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I acknowledge and understand that: (i) I am not required to participate in this event; (ii) my participation is voluntary and at my sole risk; and (iii) I am responsible for my own protection against Covid-19, including, without limitation, following all health and safety protocols communicated to me or posted at the event venue.

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Date and Time

Saturday, January 28, 2023
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM PT

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VIP Brunch (on 2nd floor) - SOLD OUT
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Welcome & Announcements
01:00 PM - 01:15 PM
Deborah Blum - Lessons in Science Journalism from the COVID-19 Pandemic
01:15 PM - 01:35 PM
Seth Mnookin - The future of science depends on science journalism
01:35 PM - 01:55 PM
Adam Berinsky - Political Rumors: Why We Accept Misinformation and How to Fight It
01:55 PM - 02:15 PM
15 min break
02:15 PM - 02:30 PM
Martin Beraja - AI and Governments: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
02:30 PM - 02:50 PM
Casper Hare - What Tech-Driven Future Should We Aim For?
02:50 PM - 03:10 PM
MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI)
03:10 PM - 03:50 PM
15 min break
03:50 PM - 04:05 PM
Sara Brown - Forging Connection through the Arts: the House of Correction Mural Project
04:05 PM - 04:25 PM
Eran Egozy - Eran Egozy - Music Technology at MIT + live music performance
04:25 PM - 04:55 PM
Closing Remarks
04:55 PM - 05:00 PM
Cocktail Hour
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM


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