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Automation continues to evolve at a rapid rate impacting how we live, work and play. Cutting-edge machines are replacing jobs forcing society to re-examine how humans can thrive in the machine age. The University of Hawaiʻi Better Tomorrow Speaker Series invites New York Times technology columnist and best-selling author Kevin Roose, to share insight on how people and organizations have survived technological change.

Kevin Roose
Kevin Roose

“The digital technology and artificial intelligence revolutions are already reshaping all aspects of our lives, from education to the economy,” noted UH Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno. “Kevin Roose is a recognized authority on socio-technical issues, with a broad view of technology’s current and future impacts. We’re excited to welcome him to campus and to bring the community together to consider this important topic.”

The event, Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation, will be held on March 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Orvis Auditorium on the UH Mānoa campus. This is the first in-person event to be hosted by the series since 2020. The talk is free and open to the public. Proof of vaccination is required. (Register online)

“Kevin Roose’s work has important implications for policymaking in Hawaiʻi,” said Lieutenant Gov. Josh Green. “Roose insists that democratic governments should be making the most momentous decisions about implementing new technologies. He also makes the case for innovation and investment in education, so that we cultivate in our students the unique qualities that make them most human—including curiosity, critical thinking, and empathy—so that we prepare them to create and adapt, even as more powerful technologies are developed. Roose offers a hopeful vision for the future that I think we need in this area.”

Ross has published three books, including Futureproof, focused on intersections of technology, business and culture. He writes about online extremism, social media disinformation, artificial intelligence and algorithms, and emerging technologies. Before joining the Times, he was a columnist for New York magazine and co-host of the Real Future TV documentary series.

The Better Tomorrow Speaker Series is a joint venture of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, Kamehameha Schools and UH Mānoa.

The series is also supported by the UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences, the Scholars Strategy Network and the William S. Richardson School of Law.

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