Abstract: Borders (and walls!) need not be physical. The vision of an open, global, Internet is increasingly threatened by construction of virtual barriers between countries. Mistrust regarding the security of cloud computing and other online services is widespread and the temperature of the global debate has risen dramatically since Snowden and other revelations of systematic, mass surveillance. Restrictions on data flows between the US and EU remain contentious.
Abstract: Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, and other luminaries warn that an “intelligence explosion” may lead to the extinction of humanity at the hands of rampant robots. At the same time, many pundits see a prosperous future in which self-driving cars reduce highway fatalities while AI advisors improve medical care and minimize malpractice. Weld argues that the utopian outcome is more likely, but only if we address several key social and technical challenges.
Abstract: Recent studies indicate that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Although this problem has received substantial national attention, very little work has actively involved patients in preventing, detecting, and recovering from these errors. In this presentation, I will detail our efforts to use design thinking to support patients and their caregivers in playing an active role to safeguard their own health in the hospital. Currently, patients receive inadequate information and support to play such a safeguarding role.
Job Tricks and Treats: Preparing for the Job Circuit
Get ready for interview season by conducting practice interviews with faculty. Learn how to prepare materials, and pair with your peers to review research and teaching statements. This is a Professional Development Panel for all SEAS Postdoctoral Fellows. Previous years have included Q&A about the job search, preparing materials, and tips on communicating your research to those in other fields. If you would like us to cover a particular topic, please let us know!