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New Social Research Lecture Series: Good Life, Governance & Futurity

What is good life? How are its futures imagined? And what have governance and technologies to do with futurity?

The New Social Research programme lecture series focuses on how our lives are governed by different forms of technologies. New and old connections between selves and technologies shape our visions of good life not only in the present but also in the years to come. Technological innovations, such as brain and face imaging tools, genetic manipulation, in vitro fertilization, and self-tracking technologies, affect how people manage their own and others’ health and happiness, and the kind of futures we are building in terms of “good life”. The following events welcome students and researchers to ponder our shared human and more-than-human future.

The seminar series dates are: February 1st, 7th, 11th, 20th and 21st.

Theme 2: Technological Disruptions and Policy Making

Lecture: The Case of Artificial Intelligence
Guest speaker: Director General Ilona Lundström, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland

We live at a time of technological disruptions, which bring about prosperity and the opportunity to respond to major societal challenges. The technological disruptions have the potential to transform societal structures and the roles of citizens. Therefore, in the process of developing and implementing these new technologies, also the societal structures have to change and adapt accordingly to protect the rights of individual citizens, to benefit from the possibilities of new technologies in the service provision of welfare services, and to secure the democracy. The policy making process must also take into account how the ethical standards are met and responsibility built into the adoption of new technologies. In this talk, these issues will be discussed in relation to the case of Artificial Intelligence.

Short Bio
Ilona Lundström (Ph.D.) is the Director General of the Enterprise and Innovation Department at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. Dr. Lundström holds over 15 years of experience in business, technology, and government cooperation gained through designing, funding, evaluating, and performing R&D&I programs and projects. Before joining the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, she worked for nine years in various leadership positions in Business Finland (formerly Tekes). Dr. Lundström received her doctorate in Administrative Sciences from Tampere University in 2011.

New Social Research Lecture series

Theme 3: Digital Visualities
Guest lecture
Monday February 11, 2019, 12–14
Venue: Paavo Koli auditorium

Theme 4: Contested futures of biomedical care
Guest lecture, discussion (day 1)
Wednesday February 20, 2019, 14–16
Researcher workshop (day 2)
Thursday February 21, 2019, 10–16
Venue: LINNA 5014



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