Presented by Leaps by Bayer and Tech Open Air

Why Do We Fear Innovation?

Mar 17, 2021

3:00pm – 4:10pm CT

From the printing press to vaccines to artificial intelligence, the introduction of almost any transformative technology has been met with wonder as well as fear and rejection. Many of history’s greatest inventors were considered heretics--the archetype of the mad scientist exists for a reason. Why does the new still scare us? What does it take to build acceptance for transformative ideas? How does the unprecedented scientific progress to deliver COVID vaccines influence this? What role does disinformation play in shaping our fears? How can we ensure innovators consider ethical issues, so outcomes can lead to the betterment of people and the planet? What can innovators learn from artists and creators of fiction?

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Mayim Bialik

Sad Clown Productions

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Niko Woischnik

Tech Open Air (TOA)

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