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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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How do we ensure smart tech improves the human condition?

Leading experts to offer new perspectives May 2 at the university’s 2019 Futures Forum

Ontario Tech University will stage its annual Futures Forum on Thursday, May 2, focusing in 2019 on 'Tech with a Conscience'.
Ontario Tech University will stage its annual Futures Forum on Thursday, May 2, focusing in 2019 on 'Tech with a Conscience'.

In every facet of our lives, humans perpetually interact with technology. While at work, during our personal time, to monitor our health and even to drive our vehicles, these interactions often lead to greater productivity and an enhanced quality of life. But our immersion in and fascination with technology can also distract, frustrate, and even harm us.

What does it mean to develop technology with a conscience? What are our obligations to using technology responsibly? How can we improve the designs of new technological innovations while carefully considering their societal impact? 

On Thursday, May 2, Ontario Tech University will explore the latest discoveries and issues at the intersection of humans and technology. The university’s 2019 Futures Forum on ‘The Future of Tech with a Conscience’ will engage leading experts on three key themes:

  • Everyday human-machine interactions
  • Technology and privacy
  • Digital competencies in the new millennium

Keynote speaker

  • Bill Buxton, noted technology theorist, designer, and Principal Researcher at Microsoft has had a pioneering role in the development of a wide varieties of interactive technologies. Buxton has been awarded the Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI) Lifetime Achievement Award and several honorary degrees.

Thursday, May 2
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m.)

Ontario Tech University
61 Charles Street Building (just east of the Tribute Communities Centre)
Oshawa, Ontario 

Reporters: please RSVP in advance.

About the Futures Forum

By bringing together professors, students and the leaders of private, public and not-for-profit organizations, the annual Futures Forum explores approaches for Ontario Tech University’s work on public-policy issues related to academic, research and innovation activities.

Media contact
Bryan Oliver
Communications and Marketing
Ontario Tech University
905.721.8668 ext. 6709
289.928.3653 (mobile)