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  • Speaker | 12 September, 2019

    Educating the North Korean elite: a decade of teaching at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology

    The Pyongyang University of Science and Technology is a unique institution in North Korea. It was founded by Korean-American Christians and is staffed entirely by foreign professors, who live in the capital and teach the loyal elite of North Korean society.

    Colin McCulloch, who comes from Britain, has taught economics and management at PUST for almost a decade. He will talk about the reasons for PUST’s creation, the ethical conundrums it presents and compromises its staff have to make.

    He is also happy to take questions on daily life in Pyongyang and to speak about the impact that international sanctions have had.

    Please join us for Colin’s insights into living and working in Pyongyang, and the changes he’s seen over the last 10 years.

    | 9 September, 2019

    A new approach to technology governance for AI

    The accelerating pace of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) has revealed a total mismatch between existing national and international governmental approaches and what is needed for effective ethical/legal oversight.  Furthermore, AI, nanotechnologies, and biotechnology will not affect just one sector such as transportation or health care, but are platforms upon which a vast array of applications can be development. What new agile and more comprehensive approaches for technology governance can be developed?  What role will governments, industry, non-governmental organizations, research laboratories and researchers play in the governance of emerging technologies?  This presentations will outline a new approach to technology governance and how innovative international mechanisms are being developed for the ethical/legal oversight of AI.


    Wendell Wallach is a consultant, ethicist, and scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, and  a senior advisor to The Hastings Center. He is also a fellow at the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law (Arizona State University) and a fellow at the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technology. He was featured along with Honda’s Asimov in the award-winning short film Living with Robots, and was Fulbright Research Chair at the University of Ottawa for 2015-2016.  The World Economic Forum appointed Mr. Wallach co-chair of its Global Future Council on Technology, Values, and Policy for the 2016-2018 term.