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Breakthroughs in Computing: Combatting Orwellian Systems

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This is a virtual event, with an in-person broadcast in Lisbon. We invite LabWeek22 participants and others in Lisbon to join us at SUD Lisboa for drinks, light bites, and discussion.

Technological advances have enabled mass surveillance at a scale unimagined even by "1984," George Orwell's dystopian novel published in 1949.

Current structures allow for governments, large corporations, and who knows who else to spy on, and in some cases control, parts of our lives that should remain private.

Join us for a live virtual talk and conversation from two experts in the field. First, we'll hear from Ahmed Ghappour, an Associate Professor of Law at Boston University and the General Counsel at Nym Technologies, a company building privacy infrastructure using blockchain technology.

Next, we'll hear from physicist and machine-learning researcher Max Tegmark on Orwellian systems and ways to escape them. Max Erik Tegmark is a Swedish-American physicist, cosmologist and machine learning researcher. He is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the president of the Future of Life Institute.

Got a burning question for Ahmed Ghappour or Max Tegmark? Here's your chance to ask them. Drop it on Twitter with #PLBreakthroughs and we'll ask them during the event.

This event is part of the Breakthroughs in Computing Speaker Series, on how technology will shape society in the next five to 25 years. Hosted by Protocol Labs, this series runs every evening from Oct. 24-28. It's designed to bring people together through convivial drinks, thoughtful discussions, and new connections.

​We invite all LabWeek22 participants to join the Breakthroughs in Computing Speaker Series. We also welcome any others who are engaging in advanced computing initiatives. This could be open source projects, research, higher education, or similar endeavors.