About this Webinar
"Our children must be prepared for the profound effect computers are having on our society. These changes brought by computers are reshaping the employment landscape, and the success of our children will be determined in part by their ability to create new artifacts with technology. " -- Jonathan Mugan (The Curiosity Cycle)
A few weeks ago, we presented surprising and though-provoking new research at our January Think Tank, How are AI Voice Assistants and Intelligent Toys Changing the Way Children Think and Behave?, with Randi William (MIT Media Lab). We're continuing our discussion on how children are processing technology and the future.
JOIN US for our next webinar and interactive Q&A with special guest speaker, Jonathan Mugan (computer science researcher specializing in machine learning and AI, author of The Curiosity Cycle: Preparing Your Child for the Ongoing Technological Explosion).
On this webinar, Jonathan will offer webinar attendees an informative and thought-provoking presentation on how parents, educators and child psychologists can effectively and continuously prepare children for the acceleration of technological innovation happening now, and for the changing global landscape and workforce of the future. He will cover (among other things):
- Why curiosity, and not intelligence, is the primary marker for defining and achieving success for future generations;
- How we can prepare children for the fast-changing global landscape changes that will see other cultures and societies rise and contribute greatly to technological innovation;
- How to get children who have grown to expect easy entertainment from computers interested in being challenged by it;
- How to prepare children (particularly those going into high school and college in the next 5-10 years) for the automation of millions of jobs and technological unemployment;
- How to help kids to find and identify opportunities (employment, education, entrepreneurship, etc.) in our future AI-power planet; and
- How to teach children to become active creators instead of passive consumers.
Jonathan will also provide an overview and commentary on a compelling, ongoing research study that asks children to imagine and define what technology of the future will be ("Children's Future Requests for Computers & the Internet"). What does this study and children's responses to questions about the technologies they'd like to see in the future tell us about how we should be engaging them in critical and creative thinking about the future?
About Jonathan Mugan
Jonathan Mugan is a research scientist focusing on machine learning. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.
His thesis was centered in developmental robotics, which is an area of research that seeks to understand how robots can learn about the world in the same way that human children do.
He received his B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M University.
About Charlie Oliver
Charlie spent years in the trenches of traditional media in advertising and publishing at BBDO and Conde Naste, and in tv/film producing sitcoms and dramas at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, Oscar-award winning indie production companies, and Sundance Film Festival before launching Served Fresh Media (a New York-based company). After spending several years in corporate law in document review at global firms (White & Case, Clifford Chance and Wachtel Lipton to name a few), Charlie segued seamlessly into tech and new media launching her first startup (Art of Talk TV - web video platform) and Served Fresh Media (launched 2009) providing digital media strategy, product development, and consulting on implementing innovative technology.
January 2017, Charlie launched Tech 2025 -- a community and platform for the general public to learn about the next wave of disruptive, emerging technologies that are expected to drastically change our world in the next decade, and to facilitate debate discussions about the impact of these technologies on society.