PITTSFIELD — 1Berkshire, the Berkshire Innovation Center and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College are launching a new series titled. "The Impact of Transformational Technology on Work and Society."
An eight-week course of weekly webinars that begins Sept. 24, the series will bring regional, national, and global experts and leaders together to share, discuss and drill down into the key technologies impacting a broad spectrum of individual and societal realms, with a focus on how they impact rural regions like Berkshire County.
Topics will include artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning, medicine, education, remote work and more, this series is bound to spark new ideas, avail new information, and prompt new ambition for participants. The course is preceded by a free online conversation at 7 p.m. Wednesday by Lawrence Burns, the former head of research and development at General Motors. Registration: https://berkshireolli.org/event-3953248.
Class participants can join the course via Zoom on Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Sept. 24 or can view the class asynchronously through a dedicated link the day after each class session.
Featured speakers will include state Senators Adam Hinds and Eric Lesser; authors James and Deborah Fallows; Alexis Wichowski, deputy chief technology officer for the City of New York; Elisabeth Reynolds, Director of the Center for Work of the Future at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Matthew Dunne, Founder and Executive Director of the Center on Rural Innovaton; Carla Meskill, SUNY Albany Professor of Educational Technology; Michael Miller, HealthPolCom and former Healthy Women Senior Policy Advisor; and Ethan Zuckerman, director of the Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure at University of Massachusetts-Amherst.