2018 Holiday Party with special guest Myles Borins

GDG Cambridge, MA
Tue, Dec 11, 2018, 6:00 PM (EST)

About this event

Join us for our end of year holiday party where we will have delicious food, desserts, drinks, music, swag, and a talk on Adventures in Ethical Computing from special guest Myles Borins. Myles is the Director of the NodeJS Techincal Steering Committee and a Developer Advocate at Google Cloud.

We'll also be inviting some local startups to demo and showcase their work throughout the evening, and will also be raffling off some fun hardware prizes.

6:00pm - 7:30pm - Dinner, drinks, networking, startup demos, raffles
7:30pm - 7:35pm - Welcome remarks & 2018 reflections
7:35pm - 8:05pm - Adventures in Ethical Computing - Myles Borins
8:05pm - 8:30pm - On Stage interview with Myles | Audience Q&A
8:30pm - 9:30pm - Dessert, drinks, more demos & raffles

Adventures in Ethical Computing

Machine learning algorithms can infer gender when translating from gender neutral languages to English due to bias in training data.
Hardware designed to control airbag release have resulted in the deaths of Short-stature drivers and children passengers due to bias.
An engineer from Volkswagen was recently sentenced to a 40 month prison term for their part in producing software that cheated at emissions tests for diesel automobiles.

You are responsible for the software and hardware you help to create. Ethically responsible, and potentially legally responsible. Through an examination of academic literature and case studies this talk will discuss the types of bias that can enter into the systems that we manufacture, and suggest ways that we can avoid bias to create better user experiences (and avoid jail time).

Guest Speaker Bio
Myles Borins is a developer, musician, artist, and maker. He works for Google as a developer advocate serving the Node.js ecosystem. He graduated with a Master of Music Science and Technology from c.c.r.m.a. Myles cares about the open web and healthy communities.

Many thanks to our event sponsors Google for food & swag, and Kayak for use of their venue space.