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Tickets now on sale for the Anthropology + Technology 2020 Conference

A new ways of designing and developing AI responsibly

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Anthropology + Technology 2020 Conference, which returns in October as a two-day virtual event, exploring the social and economic impact of AI-technology across Fintech, Health Tech and Smart Cities.


AI can provide unparalleled opportunities but without the correct processes, it can also have a detrimental impact on people’s futures and a business’s reputation. By bringing together social scientists, technologists and business leaders from across the globe, the conference will address the challenges, risks and opportunities around AI-technology, while igniting thought-provoking discussions.


Combining the expert speakers’ deep knowledge of technology innovation, people and society, new ways of designing and developing AI responsibly will be explored.


Dawn Walter, Founder of the conference explains:


“This event brings together innovative thinkers in the social sciences, technology, business, and the public sector to exchange ideas, create networks and examine together how AI can be used responsibly without putting a brake on innovation. We want to create a better future where innovative digital technologies have a positive impact on people and society. Bristol is a brilliant home for the conference as it is full of tech innovation, thought leaders and people looking to innovate in a way which produces positive long-term results.”


As Phil Harvey, Senior Cloud Solution Architect for Data & AI One Commercial Partner, Microsoft UK, who is speaking in the Smart Cities track, explains:


"We need the perspective of anthropologists and sociologists to ensure those building the technology are doing so in a responsible way. As a programmer for over 15 years, I believe we need to have that wider conversation. We have a right to advance the art of technology in many different ways and use what we can to best advantage. But that comes with this responsibility; we have a responsibility to the people who will be affected by this technology."


The 2020 keynote is Nani Jansen Reventlow, a human rights lawyer and Director of the Digital Freedom Fund. Reventlow will address dismantling the systems of racism and colonisation embedded in digital technologies and how societies can create a better future for everyone.


After a successful first year, attracting international visitors to its home Bristol destination, this year’s event moves online to support attendees affected by the global pandemic, broadening the reach for international and regional attendees. Individual streams are being unveiled for Fintech, Health Tech and Smart Cities, which will be run simultaneously throughout the day. The virtual format enables delegates to take part in all sessions and workshops, as well as provide opportunities for questions and networking.


The Anthropology + Technology 2020 Conference takes place on Friday 9th and Monday 12th October 2020. Tickets ranging from £20 for students to £95 to corporates can be purchased through


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