Investing in humanity’s future

Ensuring technology empowers us to lead meaningful and fulfilled lives: NISTH was launched by (from left) NISTH Founding Director Prof Vanessa Evers; NTU President Prof Subra Suresh; then-Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam; and Mr Peter Ho, Chair of the NISTH International Advisory Board. Credit: NTU.

To understand how technologies impact human lives and livelihoods in the 21st century, NTU has launched the NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH), first announced by NTU President Subra Suresh at his inauguration in February 2018.

Thematically cutting across fields such as artificial intelligence, big data and life sciences, the interdisciplinary centre will foster dialogue and research across academic institutions, industry, government and non-profit organisations, to develop ideas and concepts for the prudent and ethical development of technology and policy. Its initial themes are responsible innovation, governance and leadership in the 4th Industrial Revolution, and urban Asia.

The Institute will also sponsor research projects, educational modules, post-doctoral fellowships and visiting professorships, house a digital humanities lab and organise competitions such as the biennial NTU Global Digital Art Prize.

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