Please join us for Adding Age to AI: The Importance of Representing Older Adults in Data and Design to be held on Thursday, March, 18 2021 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Working together, FPF and AARP have launched a project to evaluate the risks and benefits for older adults in a digital world. The project focuses on the challenges and privacy tensions in a range of products and services and considers how these challenges are affected by the representation of this demographic in the training of these systems. 

As part of this project, we are hosting a workshop to seek inputs and research analysis from leading stakeholders in this area. This multi-panel event will include a discussion around our literature review, along with guidance from experts on how to design detailed research agendas that consider primary risks, perceived discrepancies and potential harms for technology developers when considering the needs of the older adult demographic section of the population.


Panel 1: The Health and Physiological Needs of Seniors, as Targeted by Elder-Specific Technology (Discussion of Social Impacts) - Moderator, Brenda Leong

  • Eunju Namkung, Virtual Services Coordinator, Workforce Development Center, Alexandria, VA: older adult representation in digital government services.
  • Pamela Teaster, Professor of Human Development and Family Science, VA Tech University:  systems to control finances for cognitively impaired older adults
  • Jim Steel, Writer, Iron Company & Starting Strength Physical Training Systems: addressing the available data on older persons and fitness 
  • Dr. Clara Berridge, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington: older adults and their children, on in-home surveillance and monitoring systems

Panel 2: Consumer Technology as Used and Experienced by Older Adults (Discussion of Technical Issues and Concerns) - Moderator, Dr. Sara Jordan

  • Jon Antin - Human Factors Research Scientist, VA Tech University: outreach initiatives for coordinating public/private services for the aged, and others
  • Kerstin Haring -  Assistant Professor and Director of the Humane Robot Technology Laboratory, University of Denver: human/robot interactions, and ethics in robotics
  • Mark DiazResearch Scientist, Ethical AI, Google: social bias and the use of algorithmic technologies around underrepresented social groups
We look forward to you joining us!

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