Keynote address: AI – The good, the bad and the ugly
June 20, 8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
Isabel Bader Theatre
A decade ago, the idea that algorithms could replace screenwriters, displace developers or diagnose diseases was science fiction. Now AI tools are so ubiquitous that even high school students are using them to cheat on tests. These decision-making tools are influencing our real-world decisions right now, but unlike other important industries (think: food, energy or waste control) regulation is almost non-existent. In this chat, Takara Small will discuss how AI is being used, the ways it can help solve society’s problems or magnify the harm already being done.
The multi-talented Takara Small helps audiences understand the technology reshaping our world. From AI and advanced robotics to data and digital health, she offers a glimpse into the future balanced with what organizations can do today to drive growth. Her work as a journalist, podcaster and consultant has taken her across the globe.
Small is a technology columnist for CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, where she discusses the latest in tech trends and news. She is also a tech contributor for CBC’s Canada Tonight, BBC’s World News Service and Etalk, and the host of the new podcast, They Did That: History Lost and Found. In addition, her writing has appeared in several publications including Fortune, Canadian Business and Chatelaine.
Previously, Small was the host of the Globe and Mail’s podcast I’ll Go First, which was Canada’s #1 tech podcast in 2018. She also hosted CBC’s investigative podcast series, A Death in Cryptoland, which explored the rise and fall of a failed cryptocurrency exchange.
A long-time advocate for equality and access to technology, Small is the founder of VentureKids Canada. This award-winning non-profit offers entrepreneurship and coding classes for young people living in low-income or underserved communities. In recognition of her work, Small has received multiple awards and accolades including being named among Canada’s Most Powerful Women, a Young Leader of America and a Fellow of the Asian Pacific Foundation of Canada.