Presentation: Maximizing Human Potential



1:40pm - 2:30pm



Ever-improving AI and stubbornly resistant systemic bias is quickly turning human capital into a toxic asset. Problem-solvers take a lifetime to "build", but technological change is outpacing the social and economic institutions entrusted with their future. Applying insights and algorithms from theoretical neuroscience, economics, and psychology to massive datasets, Dr. Vivienne Ming challenges ideas about bias and human potential in education and the workplace. Her research and tools explore solutions to map our greater aspirations, as companies and communities, to everyday actions.

Speaker: Vivienne Ming

Founder/Executive Chair @SocosLearning, Theoretical Neuroscientist, & previous Chief Scientist @Gilt

Named one of 10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013 by Inc. Magazine, Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur. She co-founded Socos, where machine learning and cognitive neuroscience combine to maximize students' life outcomes. Vivienne is also a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, where she pursues her research in neuroprosthetics. In her free time, Vivienne has developed a predictive model of diabetes to better manage the glucose levels of her diabetic son and systems to predict manic episodes in bipolar sufferers. She sits on the boards of The Palm Center, Emozia, Engender, and Genderis Inc., and is a Chief Science Advisor to Cornerstone Capital, Platypus Institute, Shiftgig, and Bayes Impact. Dr. Ming also speaks frequently on issues of LGBT inclusion and gender in technology. Vivienne lives in Berkeley, CA, with her wife (and co-founder) and their two children.

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