Blockchain • Cryptocurrency • Policy, Law, Ethics
Nathana O’Brien Sharma is the Program Director for Faculty Affairs at Singularity University. She’s also faculty in Law, Policy, Ethics and Blockchain, where she writes and speaks on the impact of accelerating technologies and the future of law and governance to audiences of technologists and business leaders. Nathana is a principal at Crypto-Lotus, a cryptocurrency hedge fund and is an Advisory Board Member for the Creative Destruction Labs in Toronto, the leading academic startup accelerator in North America which supports companies in specialized technology tracks including machine learning and quantum machine learning.
Nathana is an International Association of Privacy Professionals certified privacy expert in both the US and the EU and advises companies on navigating complex cross-border privacy issues, particularly in connection with the use of emerging technologies. Nathana was previously a technology transactions associate at Gunderson Dettmer, where she advised high growth VC backed startups and venture funds on a range of technology and business issues. Nathana is a JD/MBA graduate of the Yale Law School and Yale School of Management.
Nathana was a lead researcher at MetaMed, a VC backed medical research start up and has a background in the lab in immunology and neuroscience. She is also a graduate of Singularity University’s Graduate Studies Program.
Many technologies have both tremendous power for good and tremendous potential for evil. This talk examines the potential benefits and disadvantages for blockchain technology as it effects human rights and democracy.
When faced with the choice of saving the life of the passenger or the pedestrian passing by, how should an autonomous car be programed to act?
In many scenarios, the most logical decision isn’t always the most ethical one, which is why objective decision-making alone in algorithms is not enough.
As machine learning and advanced artificial intelligence algorithms become more prevalent in our daily lives, it becomes increasingly important to address the inherent biases and ethical blind spots built into these systems. In fact, when we don’t, we risk unleashing systems that may have far-reaching and disastrous consequences across many areas of society, from medical diagnoses to judicial decisions.
Nathana Sharma talks about the importance of designing AI algorithms that are capable of making decisions that are not just rationally correct, but also ethically right.
In this talk, you will:
– Unpack implicit biases in artificial intelligence algorithms and in the data they capture.
– Discover the implications of hidden ethical biases in real-world systems such as self-driving cars, medical diagnoses, and judicial systems.
– Understand the significance of designing ethical reasoning into artificial intelligence algorithms, and how to balance this with logical reasoning.
– Learn actionable ways to participate in this critical conversation.
Our world faces key problems of fraud, cyber crime and identity and asset management. Blockchain technology represents a radical new opportunity to solve those problems. This talk includes an introduction to how blockchain technology works and how it can be used to solve these problems, including a variety of examples.
A introduction to thinking about digital assets and tokens that are more commonly known as cryptocurrencies with a focus on the relationship between blockchain technology and digital assets. NOTE: this talk can also be given as a more informal workshop.
This talk examines the importance of collecting data in light of the rise of machine learning, and examines new surveillance technologies from mini-drones to genome sequencing, our mobile phone and smart home devices and discusses the privacy implications, comparing the regulatory landscape in the US and Europe and then addresses new technologies that can help to solve some of these problems, including tokenization and the blockchain.
Blockchain, Smart Contracts and AI: Blockchain technology provides a revolution in information distribution. Coupled with smart contracts that can be securely entered into and executed by autonomous agents, we stand at the forefront of a radical change in the future of global finance. The convergence of AI technology with blockchain, the natural platform for AI governance, will lead to a future of efficient, smart, globally connected financial networks with the power to combat fraud and cyber-crime and lead to abundance on a global scale.
A discussion of new challenges facing democracy and other forms of governance in light of exponential technologies and an overview of innovative technologies in governance, including open sourcing crafting of laws, changes in constructing and protecting digital identity for citizens and the future of smart contracts built on the blockchain (with a brief overview of what blockchain technology is).
How could we be communicating with each other, ten years from now?
Will we still be using low-bandwidth cognitive abilities to transmit information, or will we be able to hack evolution, and merge with computers to access unlimited bandwidth and processing power?
Nathana Sharma walks us through exponential advancements in brain-machine interfaces, and talks about a future, where humans would be able to communicate through their brains, and experience a higher form of consciousness.
In this talk, you will:
– Explore the ongoing developments in brain-machine interfaces, and understand their effectiveness in enhancing cognitive abilities
– Learn about the technologies used in building highly sophisticated brain-machine interfaces
– Discover the limitless possibilities that will be unlocked by the convergence of exponential technologies, like, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and brain-machine interfaces
– Analyze the impact of brain-machine interfaces on societies, and how it will transform the way we share, interpret and collect information
– Get acquainted with new mediums of expression that will enable humans to experience others’ point-of-view, and relive their imagination in a virtual world