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Stephen Friend, scientist, physician, entrepreneur, Chairman of Sage Bionetworks and member of the Apple Health team delivered his lecture on "The future of human agency: exploration of the role of art and technology in determining risk, awareness, and free will" on May 4th. His breakthrough research from the first discovery of a cancer susceptibility gene in the 1980s to the launch of a vast collaboration of researchers to transform genetics research, aims to tackle diseases at a fundamental, genetic level.
Friend addressed the roles of art and technology in understanding the implications of a future in which artificial intelligence, along with massive crowdsourced data, will reveal novel insights empowering our choices, and may pose ethical dilemmas.