Purdue’s Dawn or Doom ’17

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Tuesday, Sept 26 - Wednesday, Sept 27

Now in its fourth year, Dawn or Doom enables open-minded and thoughtful consideration of the potential risks and rewards posed by rapid, disruptive and seemingly continuous technological change that may be moving faster than our ability to understand it.

The conference on Purdue’s West Lafayette, Ind., campus Sept. 26 and 27, 2017, is free and open to the public. Dawn or Doom ’17 is hosted by Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) and Purdue Convocations with the generous assistance of corporate sponsors.

Since it began in 2014, Dawn or Doom has annually brought together experts on topics ranging from surveillance drones and living on Mars to genetically modified foods and genetically personalized medicine. The two-day conference now attracts over 5,000 people who interact with expert speakers in weighing questions ranging from serious to entertaining.

  • Are GMO animals safe to eat?
  • Are emojis a new language?
  • When will artificial intelligences surpass human intelligence?
  • If they do, does that spell our doom?
  • Can an AI have a sense of humor?
  • What’s the future of work?
  • What will it mean when networked vehicles, appliances and other devices surround us pervasively and persistently?
  • Is privacy even possible anymore?
Emerging Technology – Risks and Rewards
Featured Speakers:
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Michael Bess
Author of Our Grandchildren Redesigned     
Robb Fraley
World Food Prize Laureate and CTO, Monsanto
Tom Bradicich
VP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)
Visit the Dawn or Doom website for more information about these and other speakers.