Jay Chen

Senior Researcher at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, California
Jay Chen is a Senior Researcher at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in Berkeley, California. His research over the past decade and a half has primarily focused on designing, building, deploying, and evaluating networked systems in developing regions. His impact-oriented projects have been piloted in schools, hospitals, and other organizations in South Asia, Africa, and South America to improve information access and support local services. Coming to sustainability from a background in Information Communication Technology for Development (ICTD), his work attempts to broaden the conventional conception of sustainability beyond its parochial techno-utopian, Global North, and macroscopic perspective. His research interests are at the intersections -- between technology and society, research and action, and sustainability and development.
Talk 2021: Computing, Limits, and Society
Technologists are often seen as inventing the future. However, a great deal of our efforts focus on one particular type of future, one very much like the present, only more so. This vision of the future assumes that current trajectories of ever-increasing production and consumption will continue. But humanity collectively faces new global conditions that warrant our attention; we are rapidly approaching, or have already exceeded, a variety of planet-scale limits related to the global climate system, fossil fuels, raw materials, and biocapacity. Many believe that we can solve these problems if we pool our creative resources. In this talk, I’ll explore the hidden assumptions about the future that are embedded in most computing research and what work should be done to respond to challenges that global society faces.

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