Dawn or Doom
Dawn or Doom: the new technology revolution

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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 space travel and exploration an expensive luxury or a necessity?
  • 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 Doom2: 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.


Planned conference tracks include:

See the listings of tracks and speakers for full descriptions.


In addition, in 2015 we are pleased to offer four additional conference events:

Outdoor Movie Night

Pre-conference outdoor movie night on the lawn of the Purdue Memorial Union (movie to be announced)

Writing about technology panel discussion

Dawn or Doom writing contest

Dawn or Doom art exhibit


Sponsored by EMC2

Barton Gellman

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has been writing about NSA surveillance for The Washington Post based on documents provided to him by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Gellman is also the author of an upcoming book on Internet privacy & surveillance

Steve Lohr

Technology reporter for The New York Times, and author of a new book on data science, Data-ism: The Revolution Transforming Decision Making, Consumer Behavior, and Almost Everything Else.

Gerry McCartney

Dr. Gerry McCartney
Vice President for IT, System CIO, & Oesterle Professor of IT

Diana Hancock

Diana Hancock
Commercialization Director, Office of the Vice President for IT


Registration for Dawn or Doom2 is now closed. We look forward to seeing you next year for Dawn or Doom3!

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Dawn or Doom2 is presented by Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), with participation by the faculty members of Purdue University, and Purdue Convos. Gerry McCartney, University CIO serves as the conference director.

If you’d like to be a sponsor of the event please contact Diana Hancock at hancockd@purdue.edu.


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