How Technology Transforms our Ethics
A Conversation with Juan Enriquez, hosted by UCLA Anderson Professor Terry Kramer

Juan Enriquez

Futurist, Polymath, VC, and Author 

Terry Kramer (Moderator)

UCLA Anderson Professor & Faculty Director

January 21, 2021 11:30 AM    Webinar

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Join us Thursday, January 21st for a discussion with futurist, polymath, venture capitalist, and author Juan Enriquez in conversation with UCLA Anderson Professor Terry Kramer. 

In his new book Right/Wrong: How Technology Transforms Our Ethics, Enriquez argues that technology not only shapes people’s ethics but also has drastically improved ethics within societies. This argument challenges many widely held beliefs that technology corrupts societal ethics. Enriquez further posits that today’s most pressing issues — the pandemic, climate change, and political polarization to name a few — are all shaped by the relationship between technology and ethics, and that this holds enormous potential for improving the future. What can we learn from past technological innovations and how can we use this knowledge to build a better future? The conversation with Enriquez and Professor Kramer will trace the historical foundations of the book’s arguments and parse out how understanding the relationship between technology and ethics can help us solve today’s diverse problems. 

You can purchase Juan Enriquez’s book Right/Wrong: How Technology Transforms Our Ethics online from Chevalier’s Books.

Juan Enriquez is a leading authority on the economic impact of life sciences and brain research on business and society as well as an entrepreneur.  He was the founding Director of the Harvard Business School's Life Sciences Project and is a research affiliate at MIT’s synthetic neurobiology lab. Following HBS, Juan became an active angel investor. He then co-founded Excel Venture Management. As a business leader, advisor, and renowned speaker, Juan works directly with the CEOs of a number of Fortune 50 companies, as well as various heads of state, on how to adapt to a world where the dominant language is shifting from the digital towards the language of life. Author and co-author of multiple bestsellers including As the Future Catches You: How Genomics Will Change Your Life, Work, Health, and Wealth (1999), The Untied States of America: Polarization, Fracturing and Our Future (2005), Evolving Ourselves: Redesigning Humanity One Gene at a Time (2015).  He is a TED All-Star with nine TED talks on a variety of subjects, as well as dozens of TEDx talks. Mr. Enriquez serves on multiple for profit boards as well as a variety of non-profits including The National Academy of Sciences, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, WGBH, The Boston Science Museum, Harvard Medical School, and  Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center. 

Terry Kramer is an Adjunct Professor and Faculty Director at the Easton Technology Management Center, UCLA Anderson School of Management. He has extensive technology and leadership expertise in the domestic and international telecommunications industry. Since beginning his career at Harris Corporation and Booz Allen Hamilton, Kramer has held executive roles at AirTouch, PacTel and Vodafone globally. At Vodafone, he was the group strategy officer, group HR officer and chief of staff. He was also regional president of Vodafone Americas, with responsibilities for oversight of Vodafone’s 45% interest in Verizon Wireless and Vodafone’s venture capital activities. He also served on the Executive Committee at Vodafone Group Plc. While serving as an entrepreneur in residence at the Harvard Business School between 2011 and 2013, Kramer was appointed by President Obama to serve as Ambassador, Head of U.S. Delegation for the World Conference on International Telecommunications in June 2012. An adjunct professor at UCLA Anderson since 2013, Kramer is a full-time faculty member, and the Faculty Director of the Easton Technology Management Center. Kramer is the Board Chair of Skylo Technologies and Harvard Business School’s California Research Center. He also serves on the advisory boards of RapidSOS and Jarbly U and UCLA’s Economics Department Board of Visitors.

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