September 14, 2020 – Pittsfield, MA – In an age where technology is advancing by leaps and bounds and impacting every aspect of our daily lives, 1Berkshire, the Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC) and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College (OLLI) are excited to announce and launch “The Impact of Transformational Technologies on Work and Society” Series. This 8-week course of weekly webinars 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.
“This is a groundbreaking initiative and a creative collaboration that we hope will inspire greater economic and community success in the Berkshires through effective and thoughtful use of new technologies,” noted Megan Whilden, Executive Director of OLLI.
“Being on the forefront of the next generation of technology will be integral to our regional economy. It’s programs like this that raise the bar, create engagement, and inspire innovation at the regional level, which we need in order to catalyze momentum towards embracing advanced manufacturing and technology as a continued economic driver in the Berkshires,” noted Ben Lamb, 1Berkshire Director of Economic Development.
With topics ranging from 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. Featured speakers include:
- James and Deborah Fallows, authors of Our Towns: A Journey Into the Heart of America
- Alexis Wichowski, deputy chief technology officer for the City of New York and author of The Information Trade: How Big Tech Conquers Countries, Challenges Our Rights, and Transforms Our World
- Elisabeth Reynolds, Director of the Center for Work of the Future at MIT