Thursday September 17th 2020
 

Our technological future - apocalypse or utopia?

 

Mark Abbott speaks to Rotary about Our Technological Future

 
Mark currently serves as the Managing Director of the Engineering Change Lab, which is as a catalyst for evolving the engineering community to reach its full potential as stewards of technology for the benefit of all.  Over the past 5 years, over 150 organizations and 350+ individual leaders (CEOs, VPs, Deans, Directors) have collaborated using the Lab’s platform, advancing understanding and action to evolve engineering.  Previously, Mark served as a member of the Executive Team at Engineers Without Borders for several years.  And before that, Mark spent fourteen years working for a heavy industrial consulting engineering firm based in Vancouver.  Mark and his wife Colette recently moved from downtown Toronto to Kamloops with their 6-year old Felix and 3-year old Stella.
 
Our technological future - apocalypse or utopia?
 
The Facebook-Cambridge Analytical scandal, nanoparticle impacts, CRISPR babies -- issues highlighting the negative consequences of technology are all over the news. Technologies have the promise to address key issues and create a better future, yet new developments often amplify inequities and create new kinds of risk.  Join us for a discussion about our technological future, capped off by an overview of how the Engineering Change Lab is seeking to make a positive difference.