Technology’s Promise, Humanity’s Future

Vivek Wadhwa and Ahmed Zewail discuss how science and technology may be managed to advance humanity.

When: Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, 3 p.m.

Where: UCSB Campbell Hall, 574 Mesa Rd., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Lectures


As late as the mid-twentieth century science and technology were celebrated as instruments of progress, but by the early twenty-first century they were viewed increasingly as threats to life on Earth.

Vivek Wadhwa, Washington Post and Bloomberg Businessweek columnist, is Vice President of Academics and Innovation at Singularity University, Silicon Valley. He also serves as a Fellow at the Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University, Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University, and distinguished visiting scholar, Halle Institute of Global Learning, Emory University.

Ahmed Zewail, winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, is Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Physics and Professor of Physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he currently serves as the Director of the Moore Foundation’s Center for Physical Biology. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him to the President’s Council of Advisors of the White House and also named him as the first United States Science Envoy to the Middle East.

This event is part of the Hamdani World Harmony Lecture Series presented by the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at UCSB. It is cosponsored by Education Abroad Program, UCSB Technology Managment Program, College of Engineering, Division of Mathematical, Life and Physical Sciences and Department of Economics, College of Letters & Science.
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Event posted Nov. 8, 2012
Last updated Nov. 8, 2012


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