Future Technology Risks and Rewards
Free Conference Event
Sept 26 and 27, 2017


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.


In addition, in 2016 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


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Dawn or Doom 2016 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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