Thursday, October 12, 2023
8:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.
Agro-botics and Resistance: The question of human sovereignty in global agricultural production
Mathilda Barr ’25, Minori Kishi ’25
Over the past 30 years, Agro-bots have increased the precision and efficiency of food production, expediting tasks such as harvesting and picking, pest-control, and improving the quality of crop monitoring. This AI revolution has challenged the way that food producers have historically engaged with sustainability, efficiency, and land stewardship. This session will investigate how Artificial Intelligence and automated agricultural technology have shaped our global food production systems. We hope to investigate the ethics of using AI-assisted agriculture to feed the world’s population, and understand the impacts of this exponential technological development on farmers, rural community livelihoods, and consumers around the world. We plan to introduce differing perspectives from agricultural research scientists, international agriculture engineering companies, community-oriented agroecologists, and/ or global perspectives on land stewardship.
Guest speakers: Dr. David Mulla (University of Minnesota) and Dr. Nikos Papanikolopoulos (University of Minnesota, Director Robotics Institute)
Friday, October 13, 2023
9:40 a.m.- 10:40 a.m.
Davis Court, Markim Hall
China’s Developmental Paradox
Jerry Park Piao ‘25, Winnie Ren ‘26
In a rapidly evolving China, the quest for individual selfhood intersects with modernity, affecting artistic expression, gender roles, and societal governance. This presentation aims to explore these intricate relationships, probing whether individuals are finding or losing their sense of self in the complexities of modern life. As we look to the future, the focus will extend beyond the evolution of Chinese identity to the broader concept of human emancipation. We will discuss both the promise and the perils that lie ahead, examining potential avenues for fostering a more holistic sense of self that transcends individualism. By reconnecting individuals to a collective “species being,” we aim to harmonize personal and communal aspirations, offering a nuanced perspective on the challenges and opportunities that await in an increasingly modern China.
1:10 – 2:10 p.m.
Davis Court, Markim Hall
Superhuman Superfoods: Exploring the Impact of Nutritional Ideas on Our Future
Adam Rose ’25, Liv Whitmore ‘26