Dawn or Doom ’16

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Monday, October 3rd, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. - Tuesday, October 4th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

We are in the midst of an explosion of technology and knowledge.

Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, facial recognition, Internet surveillance, and data science promise to bring a new dawn of safety and insights to improve society—while simultaneously raising legitimate questions about unforeseen consequences or malicious uses.

Just the speed at which new technologies are being developed and introduced prompts us to ask:

  • Is technology moving faster than our ability to understand it?
  • Will technologies such as big data, Internet surveillance, robotics, artificial intelligence, and nanotechnology provide the solutions society’s largest problems and usher in a new era of security and convenience? Or will these technologies put our jobs or personal wellbeing at risk?
  • Is virtual reality an expensive toy or a disruptive technology?
  • Is public policy effectively dealing with new technologies, or is the tech world moving too fast for effective legislation and regulation?

These are the questions discussed at the two-day conference at Purdue University, “Dawn or Doom 2016: The Risks and Rewards of the New Technology Explosion.”

At the event, Purdue faculty experts and leading national authorities will present their perspectives on the current technology explosion, explore conditions that will foster innovation and investment into the next generation of technology, and address the big-picture issues where both excitement and alarm are appropriate responses.

Click here for more information on speakers and their presentations as well as a schedule of events for the conference.