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20NTC Session Proposal

The Age of Automation: Bots, AI and the Struggle for Humanity


There are more than 100,000 chatbots on Facebook, computer programs designed to simulate a conversation with people and minimize human intervention in delivering information.

These bots are part of a larger family of technologies that include robots, artificial intelligence, and cyborgs that are the drivers of the Age of Automation. Together they will impact every area of our lives including the nonprofit sector.

Some experts proclaim that this is the moment in history when technology will help us overcome challenges such as eliminating pervasive poverty and scaling clean, renewable energy sources. Other experts warn that the bots could end mankind.

Is the nonprofit sector prepared to lead the fight for to save our souls or will we hesitate and allow this moment in time to be defined by others?


  • Explore the innovative applications of automation technology such as robots, bots, and AI for the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.
  • Examine the opportunities and risks of using these kinds of technologies
  • Understand how your nonprofit needs to prepare for one of the biggest disruptive technologies in history and lead in ethical ways.

This session was handcrafted by NTEN to tackle an issue that transcends departmental silos, and is part of our inaugural Featured Sessions program.






April 11, 2018


3:30pm – 5:00pm

CFRE Credits

NFR - 1.5

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