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Livestream: Debora L. Spar on "Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny"

5:00pm sharp to 6:00pm EST livestream

Series Host: Rotman Events
Co-Hosted By: Semper8 Capital

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Speaker Series

Work Mate Marry Love Book Cover
Date: Monday December 14, 2020 | 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Speaker(s): Debora L. Spar, MBA Class of 1952 Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Senior Associate Dean, Harvard Business School Online; Author

Introduction By: Boris Tsimerinov, CEO, Semper8 Capital
Topic: "Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny" (by D. Spar for Farrar, Straus and Giroux, August 18, 2020)
Venue:

On December 7, Rotman Events will email registrants the link to the page where you can watch the livestream of the talk on December 14 from 5:00pm sharp to 6:00pm EST.

Location: Online
Cost: $38.00 + HST per person (includes the link for the livestream and 1 hardcover copy of "Work Mate Marry Love")
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Book Mailing: Starting December 15, unsigned hardcover copies of Work Mate Marry Love will be shipped to paid registrants.

Book Synopsis: What will happen to our notions of marriage and parenthood as reproductive technologies increasingly allow for newfangled ways of creating babies? What will happen to our understanding of gender as medical advances enable individuals to transition from one set of sexual characteristics to another, or to remain happily perched in between? What will happen to love and sex and romance as our relationships migrate from the real world to the Internet? Can people fall in love with robots? Will they? In short, what will happen to our most basic notions of humanity as we entangle our lives and emotions with the machines we have created?

In Work Mate Marry Love, Harvard Business School professor and former Barnard College president Debora L. Spar offers an incisive and provocative account of how technology has transformed our intimate lives in the past, and how it will do so again in the future. Surveying the course of history, she shows how marriage as we understand it resulted from the rise of agriculture, and that the nuclear family emerged with the industrial revolution. In their day, the street light, the car, and later the pill all upended courtship and sex. Now, as we enter an era of artificial intelligence and robots, how will our deepest feelings and attachments evolve?

In the past, the prevailing modes of production produced a world dominated by heterosexual, mostly-monogamous, two-parent families. In the future, however, these patterns are almost certain to be reshaped, creating entirely new norms for sex and romance, and for the construction of families and the raising of children. Steering clear of both techno-euphoria and alarmism, Spar offers a bold and inclusive vision of how our lives might be changed for the better.

About Our Speaker: Debora L. Spar is the MBA Class of 1952 Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and Senior Associate Dean of HBS Online. Her current research focuses on issues of gender and technology, and the interplay between technological change and broader social structures. Spar tackles some of these issues in her book Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny.

Spar served as the President of Barnard College from 2008 to 2017. During her tenure at Barnard, Spar led initiatives to highlight women’s leadership and advancement, including the creation of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies and the development of Barnard’s Global Symposium series.

Before joining Barnard, Spar spent 17 years on the HBS faculty as the Spangler Family Professor as well as the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development. A prolific writer, Spar’s books include Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Discovery, Chaos, and Wealth from the Compass to the Internet (2001), The Baby Business (2006), and Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection (2013).

Spar is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves as a director of Value Retail LLC and Thermo Fisher Scientific, as well as a trustee of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Spar earned her Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and her B.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Questions: events@rotman.utoronto.ca, Daniel Ellul, (416) 978-6119 


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