NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "Genie Out of the Bottle Children and IoT and AI" by Malavika Kapur, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 0930 hrs

NIAS Wednesday Discussion 


Topic:              Genie Out of the Bottle Children and IoT and AI


Speaker:          Malavika Kapur

                        Visiting Professor, NIAS



Chairperson:     V V Binoy

                        Assistant Professor, School of Natural and Engineering Sciences, NIAS



Date:               30th May, 2018


Time:              9.30 am


Venue:            Lecture Hall, NIAS


All are cordially invited


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Abstract:  In the present-day scenario pervasive presence of Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), there is a tendency for benign negligence of its impact on growing brain and mind.  In the earlier decades, there were serious concerns about adverse impact of TV, Radio and Print (TRaP) on children.  Now it is even worse as IoT and AI are interactive in nature unlike TRaP.  The presentation will briefly focus on current technoskeptic view of IoT and AI.  Then proceed to explore what may be their impact on developing brain and mind.  The presentation proposes to explore possible solutions with the audience.  Now that the genie is out of the bottle how do we contain it?


About the Speaker: Prof Malavika Kapur is Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.  Earlier she was the Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Bangalore University and has sixteen books and over 100 publications to her credit. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists, the Indian Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and the National Academy of Psychology. She has been a consultant for organizations such as the WHO, UGC, NCERT, NIPCCD, ICMR and ICSSR. She has been twice awarded the scholar in residency at the Study and Conference centre at Bellagio in Italy, by the Rockefeller Foundation. Her areas of interest are Developmental Psychology, Community Mental Health Programmes for Children and Adolescents in Urban and Rural Schools, Primary Health Care and Anganawadi workers and Development of Assessment Tools and Intervention Packages for Children and Adolescents in the Indian Context. Her main contribution is her work of developing integrated models of mental health service delivery for children and adolescents. Her work is embedded in the cultural context as revealed in her Study of Child Care in Ancient India based on Ayurveda and other Indigenous Health Systems. Her other interests are fiction writing and trekking in the foothills of the Himalayas. 



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Wednesday, May 30, 2018