John C. Havens (IEEE AI Summit Moderator)

The Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems

John C. Havens is Executive Director of The Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems, an Industry Connections Program of the IEEE Standards Association.  The group formed with two primary deliverables – create a document featuring key issues in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems (AI/AS) grounded in ethically-aligned design and make Standard Project recommendations to IEEE-SA based on these issues.  The Initiative is guided by over one hundred thought leaders with a mission of ensuring every technologist is educated, trained, and empowered to prioritize ethical considerations in the design and development of autonomous and intelligent systems.

John is also a regular contributor on issues of technology and wellbeing to Mashable, The Guardian, HuffPo and TechCrunch and is author of Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity To Maximize Machines and Hacking Happiness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World.

John was an EVP of a Top Ten PR Firm, a VP of a tech startup, and an independent consultant where he has worked with clients such as Gillette, P&G, HP, Wal-Mart, Ford, Allstate, Monster, Gallo Wines, and Merck. He was also the Founder of The Happathon Project, a non-profit utilizing emerging technology and positive psychology to increase human wellbeing.

John has spoken at TEDx, at SXSW Interactive (six times), and as a global keynote speaker for clients like Cisco, Gillette, IEEE, and NXP Semiconductors. John was also a professional actor on Broadway, TV and Film for fifteen years.