Learn More About Iyad Rahwan
Artificial intelligence (AI) may be part of our everyday lives now, but important ethical questions regarding the development and use of AI technologies remain. Embedded biases and misinformation continue to shape our choices and the way we see the world, and we are increasingly surrendering our power and privacy to our devices. How can organizations leverage the best of what AI has to offer while ensuring current and future users are not negatively impacted?
Renowned AI developer Iyad Rahwan regularly addresses such critical questions as a researcher, speaker, author and advisor to organizations across the world. With expertise at the intersection of computer science, human behavior, collective intelligence and large-scale cooperation, Rahwan – who is often referred to as the anthropologist of artificial intelligence – helps organizations understand the ethical implications of the technologies they develop and use. He also teaches leaders in every sector how to prepare their workforces for a future in which machines and humans will be co-workers. Emphasizing that automation will not eliminate jobs as much as the need for certain skills, Rahwan shows organizations how AI can effectively address the workforce skills gap.
“People have recognized that machines impact our lives. And with AI, increasingly those machines have agency,” explains Rahwan, director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. “Understanding how these new AI agents behave and misbehave, and how their behavior impacts human psychology, social norms, economic behavior, and culture, is becoming the defining question of our time.”
Named to the Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2020, Rahwan says society is on the cusp of forging a new “social contract” with technology, one that will require us to closely examine how machines, such as autonomous vehicles, make decisions on our behalf. He also recommends a thoughtful approach to letting machines take over our lives in the name of efficiency and convenience.
As organizations move toward a new technological era and a post-pandemic return to work, Rahwan’s research and guidance will be of great value to leaders in every sector as they prepare for a different kind of workplace and economy.
“When people predict a job may disappear, they tend to ask if a machine can replace those skills,” says Rahwan. “But typically machines don’t replace a whole person, just part of their skills. In some cases, machines make a person more productive, which can lower prices and increase the demand for more people. Organizations will need to analyze many factors when it comes to matching machines with people and determining the best way to fill the skills gaps.”
Iyad Rahwan is the director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, where he founded and directs the Center for Humans & Machines. He is also an honorary professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Technical University of Berlin. Until June 2020, he was an Associate Professor of Media Arts & Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Rahwan’s work has appeared in major academic journals, including Science, Nature and PNAS, and features regularly in major media outlets, including the New York Times, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal. A native of Aleppo, Syria, he holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Iyad Rahwan is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.
Improve Investment Decisions and Society by Understanding the Future Impact of Technology on Humans
Acclaimed futurist, computer scientist and AI scholar Iyad Rahwan, director of the Center for Humans & Machines at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, leads a diverse team of more than 20 interdisciplinary researchers who conduct unique experiments grounded in behavioral science. Their data help organizations understand and anticipate how rapidly emerging advances in digital media and AI will shape the way people think, learn, work, play, cooperate and govern. As an advisor, he shares the meticulously curated data his team gathers with decision makers to help them shape the future of their business and society with more certainty about likely outcomes. He works with organizations in every industry and can cover any or all of the following topics during virtual or in-person advisory meetings, which can be customized to meet the needs of your organization and the size of your audience.
- The Future of Autonomous Vehicles: Safety, Ethics, Investment
- Financial and Business Implications of an AI-driven Economy and Society
- Future of Work: Human-AI Cooperation and Collaboration
- How Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) Will Shape Society and Business
- AI and Bias: Ethical Approaches to Developing Technology
- Machine Learning and Algorithms: Preventing Harm While Leveraging Benefits
- Extracting Value from Data
- Building Successful Collaboration Through Social Networks
- The Future of Surveillance: How to Make It Work for Society and Business
- The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Biology, Economics, Consumer Behavior, Psychology, and Sciences
- Strategically Investing in the Future of Automation