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Saturday, November 17, 2018

10 to 11 am
Momentum Discussion Series: Outwit, Outlast, and Outlive—The Role of Artificial Intelligence and Data to Drive Innovation in Aging
Machine learning, artificial intelligence, and deep neural network techniques have a profound potential to unlock learning, discover new hidden signals in large data, and offer predictions to enhance our health, human performance, and experience of aging. Panelists will discuss techniques, research, and benefits of using these technologies to explore aging. Their insights will enhance our understanding of the assumptions, data, and algorithms used to generate and train these systems. A simple example: if we train our autonomous cars using data accumulated testing with young male drivers, how will the system be prepared to signal need for a human intervention when the driver is an older woman? How should we be thinking about architecting these systems to help us avoid our biases, particularly as we look to improve our understanding of aging and create innovative solutions to support us as we live longer?

11:15 am to 12:45 pm
Autonomy and Mobility
Between 2017 and 2050, the number of adults aged 60 and older will double to 20% of the global population—and for the first time older adults will outnumber children under 15 and younger. Mobility is a vital component to health and engagement of older adults in the community. Loss of mobility brings disengagement, a decline in health and cognitive ability, and increased social isolation. Mobility across the course of aging is dynamic, with people losing it at times, regaining it, and losing it again. Gender and culture also influence mobility; for example, women are less likely to recover mobility when it is lost. How will we support autonomy and independence through mobility? How are we innovating novel and dynamic modes of transporting aging adults?

1:15 to 2:45 pm
Inner Aging: Breakthroughs and Application With Biomes, Genomes, and New Data
Some researchers posit that as we continue to unlock the mechanisms of aging, we might reach a point when it is not necessary to age. In the meantime, new data sets allow us to strive for biometrics and bodies that present younger than our chronological age. Genomic research and therapies seek to give us younger cells and improved hearing, while biomic research suggests the symbiotic relationship of our body and our gut is what keeps our system going. What will constitute health, wellness, and longevity in this context?

3 to 4:30 p.m.
Augmented Bodies and Realities
Artificial limbs that interface directly with the human body are now a reality, but not everyone is ready for this degree of bionic upgrade. Panelists will represent a host of new solutions to augment the aging body or leverage its plasticity and capacity for healing—ranging from assistive robotics for stroke recovery to tapping virtual reality and music to change the brain’s perceptions of reality allowing recovery from spinal injury or improvement in gate for individuals after a stroke or with Parkinson’s disease.

5 to 6:30 pm
The End of Loneliness
Dr. Gillian Matthew’s research in the Tye Lab of the MIT Picower Institute has helped unlock the brain's response to social isolation. Entrepreneurs are applying technologies—ranging from artificial intelligence that recognizes emotion, to robotics, to voice applications, to virtual reality for experiencing family and travel—as substitutes or enhancements to ameliorate solitude. Will these be rich or poor alternatives? Can we leverage technology to bring scale for lower tech, more human solutions?

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