Brad Smith: Tools and Weapons @ The New School (w/ Trevor Noah)

Monday September 9: 8:30PM 9:30PM

Event Admission          Signed Copy, No Admission

Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

Join Microsoft's president, one of the tech industry's broadest thinkers, for a frank and thoughtful discussion of how to balance enormous promise and existential risk as the digitization of everything accelerates.

Microsoft President Brad Smith operates by a simple core belief: When your technology changes the world, you bear a responsibility to help address the world you have helped create. This might seem uncontroversial, but it flies in the face of a tech sector long obsessed with rapid growth and sometimes on disruption as an end in itself. While sweeping digital transformation holds great promise, we have reached an inflection point. The world has turned information technology into both a powerful tool and a formidable weapon, and new approaches are needed to manage an era defined by even more powerful inventions like artificial intelligence. Companies that create technology must accept greater responsibility for the future, and governments will need to regulate technology by moving faster and catching up with the pace of innovation.

In Tools and Weapons, Brad Smith and Carol Ann Browne bring us a captivating narrative from the cockpit of one of the world's largest and most powerful tech companies as it finds itself in the middle of some of the thorniest emerging issues of our time. These are challenges that come with no preexisting playbook, including privacy, cybercrime and cyberwar, social media, the moral conundrums of artificial intelligence, big tech's relationship to inequality, and the challenges for democracy, far and near. While in no way a self-glorifying "Microsoft memoir," the book pulls back the curtain remarkably wide onto some of the company's most crucial recent decision points as it strives to protect the hopes technology offers against the very real threats it also presents. There are huge ramifications for communities and countries, and Brad Smith provides a thoughtful and urgent contribution to that effort.

Join Brad as he sits down in conversation with Trevor Noah, bestselling author, world-famous standup comedian, and host of the Daily Show, to discuss Tools and Weapons, and how they will be used as the 21st century rolls into its third decade and beyond.

This event will take place in The New School's John L. Tishman Auditorium, located in the University Center at 63 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003.

This event is presented in partnership with the School of Media Studies at The New School, with opening remarks by Peter Asaro, Director of The New School's Graduate Program in Media Studies.

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