September 28, 2016

High registration numbers prompt Dawn or Doom ’16 changes

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – It’s a problem every event wants to have—due to the popularity of many of the upcoming presentations, and because C-SPAN is taping some of the presentations for later broadcast, the Dawn or Doom ’16 conference at Purdue University is revising its schedule to move several speakers into larger venues.

Dawn or Doom ’16: Future Technology Risks and Rewards is being held Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 3–4) in Purdue’s Stewart Center. The event features national thought leaders discussing the societal effects of emerging technologies.

Gerry McCartney, Director of the Dawn or Doom ’16 conference, and also Purdue’s System CIO, vice president for Information Technology, and Oesterle Professor of Technology, said the larger halls will seat hundreds more people.

“We’re excited that so many people have pre-registered for Dawn or Doom ’16, and also that C-SPAN will be on campus to tape some of the sessions for broadcast over the holidays,” McCartney said.

Three of the Dawn or Doom ’16 events have new times as well as location changes:

• The panel discussion by national tech journalists will now be held at 9:30 a.m., Monday (Oct. 3) in Purdue’s Fowler Hall, which is in Stewart Center.

• The presentation by Jennifer Neville, associate professor and Miller Family Chair of Computer Science and Statistics, titled “AI-easy versus AI-hard” will now be held at 10:45 a.m., Monday (Oct. 3), in Fowler Hall.

• The presentation by Marcus Rogers, professor and head of computer and information technology, titled “Cyber security and social media: How big is your digital footprint and why should you care?” will now be held at noon on Monday (Oct. 3), in Fowler Hall.

The rest of the schedue for Dawn or Doom’16 schedule remains the same. The main website for Dawn or Doom ’16 is at

“Please be aware that the event registration is to help us to match appropriately sized rooms with the expected attendance as much as possible, and is not a guarantee of a seat,” McCartney said. “To make sure you are admitted, we recommend that you arrive at least 15 minutes before the speaker begins.” 

Writer: Steve Tally, 765-494-9809,, Twitter: @sciencewriter 

Source: Gerry McCartney, 765-496-2270,, Twitter: @gerrymccartney

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: Press registration for Dawn or Doom ’16 is available at A press room will be available in Room B10 of Stewart Center during the event. 

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