Flynn Coleman with Joseph M. Azam - A Human Algorithm (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with Joseph M. Azam

The Age of Intelligent Machines is upon us, and we are at a reflection point. The proliferation of fast-moving technologies, including forms of artificial intelligence, will cause us to confront profound questions about ourselves. The era of human intellectual superiority is ending, and, as a species, we need to plan for this monumental shift.

A Human Algorithm: How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining Who We Are examines the immense impact intelligent technology will have on humanity. These machines, while challenging our personal beliefs and our socio-economic world order, also have the potential to transform our health and well-being, alleviate poverty and suffering, and reveal the mysteries of intelligence and consciousness. International human rights attorney Flynn Coleman deftly argues that it is critical we instill values, ethics, and morals into our robots, algorithms, and other forms of AI. Equally important, we need to develop and implement laws, policies, and oversight mechanisms to protect us from tech's insidious threats.

To realize AI's transcendent potential, Coleman advocates for inviting a diverse group of voices to participate in designing our intelligent machines and using our moral imagination to ensure that human rights, empathy, and equity are core principles of emerging technologies. Ultimately, A Human Algorithm is a clarion call for building a more humane future and moving conscientiously into a new frontier of our own design.

Flynn Coleman is a writer, international human rights attorney, public speaker, professor, and social innovator. She has worked with the United Nations, the United States federal government, and international corporations and human rights organizations around the world. Coleman has written extensively on issues of global citizenship, the future of work and purpose, political reconciliation, war crimes, genocide, human and civil rights, humanitarian issues, innovation and design for social impact, and improving access to justice and education. A Human Algorithm is her first book. She lives in New York City.

Joseph M. Azam is a Kabul-born writer, attorney, and policy advisor. Azam, a litigator by training, is a leading anticorruption attorney with a focus on internal and government investigations. He is currently Senior Vice President & Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer at Infor. He has previously held similar roles at News Corp, HSBC, Accenture and Oracle. He began his legal career at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and is on the Board of Governors at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He has written for a number of publications, including MTVNews, Lucky Peach Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a contributor to The Displaced, a collection of essays from prominent refugee writers edited by Pulitzer Prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen. Joe has also recently been engaged as an expert advisor by the Institute for State Effectiveness for work relating to development, tech/infrastructure, corruption and governance issues in Afghanistan.

1 Ferry Building
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ISBN: 9781640092365
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 1st, 2019

A groundbreaking narrative on the urgency of ethically designed AI and a guidebook to reimagining life in the era of intelligent technology.