February 1, 2019

Graduate Student Composition Contest seeking submissions focused on ethics, technology and future of war and security

Discovery Park’s Purdue Policy Research Institute is inviting essays/compositions on the topic of ethics, technology and the future of war and security for a Graduate Student Composition Contest in celebration of Purdue’s 150th anniversary Ideas Festival.

Submissions are due March 25, and honorees will be recognized at a dinner following the Ethics, Technology and the Future of War and Security Symposium on May 14.

In the spirit of the symposium’s “What IF” question -- "What IF AI Waged War?" -- PPRI will consider essays/compositions on a broad range of topics related to ethics, technology, and the future of war and security. For example, graduate students might submit work on such topics as the ethical implications of autonomous decision-making versus human decision-making in conflict; how technology can reduce violence and conflict; the societal effect of the militarization of space; or the impact of government use of artificial intelligence on privacy and human rights. These examples are meant to stimulate ideas, not to limit possible topics.

Essays may be submitted in one of the following formats:

  • Summary of original research (maximum of five pages, excluding references, double-spaced, 12-point font, one-inch margins).
  • Creative writing (maximum of five pages).
  • Artistic endeavor (must be accessible for review, submission accessibility to be considered individually).
  • Policy brief (three to five pages inclusive of title page and references) or policy brief series (three to five brief documents, maximum of four pages each inclusive of title page and references).
  • Video essay (no more than seven minutes).
  • Brief documentary (no more than 15 minutes).
  • Other formats may also be eligible. Send alternate format inquiries to ppri@purdue.edu for consideration.

Submissions must follow the pertinent criteria for their specific format and will be evaluated based on their contribution to a greater understanding of ethics, technology and the future of war and security. A review committee will be finalized based on the essay forms submitted and their topics.

Additional information and the submission form are available online.

For more information, contact ppri@purdue.edu.

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