18 Apr 2013

Can algorithms save the world?

By Lily

In the early days of the web, some predicted that the advance of the digital age would inevitably produce a freer, fairer society as if a moral good was inbuilt into the code and cables of the technology itself. In 1989, Ronald Regan argued that:

“The Goliath of totalitarianism will be brought down by the David of the microchip.”

 As with so many other things, he was wrong. Whilst the spread of the web into all areas of society has become a reality, any accompanying techno-utopia has not: the technology is only as socially desirable as the people who build it choose.

So how can we use technology for good?  On Thursday 25th April at Goldsmith’s university we are taking part in a panel discussion discussing this question. The event description is below and you can sign up for the event here.

Can algorithms save the world? A dynamic area of social innovation is the use of computing to tackle intractable social & environmental issues. These projects often lack an institutional welcome and see the startup route as a way to sustainability. But can we really blend Silicon Valley and social good? Our panel will include Bethnal Green Ventures, who have been given a £1.8 million investment in funding to accelerate tech startups for ‘stuff that matters’, the Join the debate at Goldsmiths College, University of London on Thursday 25th April, 6-8pm.