Two-Day Conference, Nov. 5 & 6

Free and Open to the Public, Everyone Welcome

What is Dawn or Doom?

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Celebrating its fifth year, Dawn or Doom explores the effects of rapidly emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and genetic engineering, by bringing together leading national experts and stars from Purdue’s large constellation of researchers to kick-start conversations about potential risks and rewards.

The conference on Purdue’s West Lafayette, Ind., campus Nov. 5 and 6, 2018, is free and open to the public and is designed for attendees to take in as many talks as fit their schedules. This year’s conference focuses on how emerging technologies promise to change our bodies and minds, our interactions with machines and the universe, and the central role of data in all of this.

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 6,000 people who interact with speakers in weighing questions like: What’s the future of work if AIs and robots can do it all for us? Is the internet affecting my mental health? Who decides whether a development represents dawn or doom (or a bit of both)?

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Why Dawn or Doom?

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Characterized by Purdue President Mitch Daniels as the perfect place for a conference like Dawn or Doom, Purdue University is a top public research institution committed to pursuing scientific discoveries, engineered solutions and creative use of technology driven by faculty and student innovators who have a vision for moving the world forward. Dawn or Doom intentionally presents diverse viewpoints, with not only engineers and computer scientists presenting, but also writers, philosophers, business leaders and policy experts. The goal is a thoughtful, fact-based discussion of the potential risks and rewards posed by emerging technologies.


Featured Speakers

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Carr

Nicholas Carr

Author and Pulitzer Prize finalist for “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains.” Carr will discuss how the Internet has changed the way we read and process information, and why some of us can’t finish a chapter without checking our phones.   

Grewal

Naomi Grewal

Global head of Insights at Pinterest. Grewal’s team focuses on helping advertisers understand the value of Pinterest by using data to understand users across audiences, verticals, events and search behavior.

Pasquale

Frank Pasquale

Law professor and expert on the law of artificial intelligence, algorithms and machine learning. Pasquale’s work focuses on issues that rapidly changing technology pose in the law.

Frey

Thomas Frey

Futurist, author and founder of the Davinci Institute. Frey will discuss the future of education and the potential opportunities that lie ahead.

Lyons

Jennifer Lyons

Data designer and speaker at Evergreen Data. Lyons' work focuses on bringing research-based transformations to a range of deliverables including charts, slides, reports, infographics and dashboards.

Concurrent Events and Tracks

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Exhibit from artist Bjoern Scheulke, whose work deals with cameras, drones, surveillance and robotics.

The "Design Good Now" Worldwide Challenge's goal is to redesign objects, products, and environments for people with disabilities to make them more accessible and approachable for the everyday use in their life. 

Purdue Graduate Student Government and Dawn or Doom present the second Student Research Poster Session. Students of all levels and backgrounds are invited to present their research or projects to be judged during Dawn or Doom ‘18.  

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Immerse yourself in the future at Purdue’s Envision Center and try virtual reality technologies that could become as common as the cell phone is today. 

Demos will be given during the Dawn or Doom conference. Presentations and demo tours can be scheduled for groups. Please contact Diana Hancock at hancockd@purdue.edu or Laura Theademan at ltheadem@purdue.edu.

Dawn or Doom ’18 will host its fifth student writing contest.  Students who enter will be asked to attend one or more presentations at Dawn or Doom ’18 (Nov 5-6) and write a journalistic nonfiction piece related to a presentation. Registration is now open.

Learn more here.

Dawn or Doom, the Purdue English Department and West Lafayette Public Library present the second annual “Big Read,” a celebration designed to link Purdue and Greater Lafayette readers.

This year’s book is “The Underground Railroad” written by Colson Whitehead. 

For more information, go to the Big Read website.  

Cisco will demonstrate machine learning and artificial intelligence as it relates to a busy intersection.  Attendees will see how Cisco determines risk based on speed and distance by identifying each car, motorcycle and person on the road. A senior engineer who helped create the solution will be onsite to answer questions and discuss the back-end engineering.

Check back to see where you can find this demonstration during Dawn or Doom.

Dawn or Doom is partnering with student organizations on campus to host its first Expo on Tuesday, November 6th from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Check back for more information.

Krannert School of Management's Business Information Center (BIAC) and Dawn or Doom joined together to offer a unique opportunity for Purdue's full time undergraduate and master's students to work on a real-world data analytics problem.

The first of two Data Dive's of 2018 was held in April.  Read about the winning teams and the problem they had to solve from the data set Cisco provided here

Purdue Student Engineering Foundation presents the Engineering Expo as outreach to High School students interested in Engineering at Purdue University. This year's design challenge will be focused on disaster relief engineering. The expo will be held April 12, 2018.

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