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AUGMENTED HUMANITY, DRONES, SELF-DRIVING CARS, FURBYS & ROBOT POLITICS: Freedom and Security in the Robotics Age

Monday, December 9, 2013 - 12:15pm - 2:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 1302

"Augmented Humanity, Drones, Self-Driving Cars, Furbys and Robot Politics: Freedom and Security in the Robotics Age"

As we surround ourselves with robots, autonomous or not, from the ground to the sky, we are facing policy questions we thought pertained to the realm of science-fiction. We build drones for both war and investigative journalism, plan to put self-driving cars on the road and design social robots to care for elders: what are the implications for our freedom and security? What are the social, ethical and policy questions we must address? For instance, how does the current debate about privacy, data collection and surveillance play out in an age in which we surrender more and more of our autonomy to machines? 

This event is free and open to the general public.

Camille Franois is a Visiting Scholar at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She works on cybersecurity and cyberwar issues and is a free software advocate. Previously she was a researcher at Google and consulted for various US and French Governmental Agencies. Moderated by Shawn Lonergan, Captain, US Army, and Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, Columbia University