Benefits and Challenges of Raising Children in an AI World

Live Broadcast: Wednesday, 5 September 2018
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT (GMT -4)

The current generation is being raised in an increasingly automated and algorithmic environment. What impacts does this environment have on children? And what responsibility does society have in considering these impacts while developing, deploying and adopting new advancements? Join the conversation as a panel of experts discusses the opportunities and challenges of raising children in this AI generation.


- Maria Axente | AI Programme Driver, PwC
- Niki Iliadis | Innovation and Policy Foresight Manager, Big Innovation Centre
- Karen E. Silverman | Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
- Mark A. Vasquez | IEEE TechEthics Program Manager (moderator)

About the Speakers:

- Maria Axente is the AI Programme Driver at PwC. She works with partners across academia, government, think tanks, start-ups, and other stakeholders, in order to shape and implement AI strategy within the Firm, focused on developing new services for clients and manage internal transformation. She is PwC AI for Good Lead and an evangelist for tech for good and responsible application of technology while promoting ethical issues related to data and algorithms and their impact on businesses. Maria is part of the advisory board of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI, member of the IEEE’s Working Group on a Standard for Child and Student Data Governance (IEEE P7004), an advocate for children and youth rights in the age of AI, and a Fellow of The RSA. Maria is particularly focused upon the issues and policies relating to the impact of AI on children and young people, the future of work, diversity and inclusion in AI and data trust and commons managed by ethics to ensure that the benefits to be delivered by AI are equitably spread across society.

- As Innovation and Policy Foresight Manager, Niki Iliadis is responsible for the delivery and coordination of all of the All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) within Big Innovation Centre. She personally leads the APPG on Artificial Intelligence, ensuring it is designed and delivered in accordance with the vision of the APPG Chairs, Officers, and Advisors. As part of her core responsibilities, Niki conducts the background research and compiles the evidence gathered by the group; and, next, applies these findings in various research and engagement projects used to inform Parliamentarians and other key stakeholders. Her approach lies primarily on horizon scanning and scenario-building, looking at how new technologies will economically and socio-ethically impact our societies. Niki has over six years of experience in the space, having held various research/project development positions in which she explored impact in the contexts of innovation, technology, and education. Her experience includes working for a global foundation (Centre for Public Impact – a BCG Foundation), a primary research firm (Third Bridge), an international think tank (Strategy International), an education-focused NGO (Centre for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe), and the Embassy of the United States. She holds a BSc in Political Economy from UC Berkeley and an MSc in Public Management from London School of Economics.

- Karen E. Silverman is a nationally recognized antitrust lawyer, handling matters of all types, with a focus on complex transactions and government investigations. She advises technology, consumer products, media/entertainment, healthcare and retail clients among others. Karen also leads the firm’s efforts and partnership with the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and is an associate member of IEEE (sitting on the SSIT Standards and Laws Committees). Karen is the former managing partner of Latham’s San Francisco office and a past Co-Chair of the firm’s IT industry group. She sits on the boards of Not For Sale (working on innovative commercial solutions to combat slavery and human trafficking) and Legal Momentum (working to defend the rights of women and children).

- Mark A. Vasquez (moderator) is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with over 25 years of experience in association management at IEEE. He currently serves as the program manager for IEEE TechEthics (, a program that has been launched to drive conversations about the ethical and societal impacts of technology. In this capacity, he works to develop relationships with others in the technology ethics community, produces events, convenes thought leaders, and more. Mark is an engineering graduate of The Cooper Union.

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