[DC LoCo] Peter Singer on "Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution & Conflict in the 21st Century" on Tuesday at HacDC

Kevin Cole dc.loco at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 04:11:23 BST 2009


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In case anyone is interested in a more policy oriented talk, HacDC
will be presenting Peter Singer, author of Wired for War this Tuesday:

The rapid deployment of robotics platforms and systems within the
military represents one of the most important present-day political
and technological developments. Bestselling author and senior fellow
at the Brookings Institution Peter W. Singer has written a new book
about this "robotics revolution" entitled Wired for War, a broad
ethical and technological look at the subject.

On Tuesday, June 2 at 7:30PM, HacDC (http://hacdc.org), a
"hackerspace" and creative technology collaborative in downtown
Washington D.C., will host a talk and discussion with Dr. Singer.
Singer has recently discussed the book on The Daily Show and The Late
Late Show with Craig Ferguson and has been traveling the country
presenting his findings to audiences of civilians, military personnel,
and technology industry workers. As a neutral meeting-place open to
engineers, technology hobbyists, and policy analysts, HacDC is an
ideal location to discuss the significant ethical and political
questions raised by the acceleration of military robotics. Many HacDC
members build robots themselves and have a good feeling for the
technological possibilities, especially in terms of offensive
capabilities that technologies with off-the-shelf components might
offer amateurs and small groups.

This event will be free and open to the public, and there is no need
to RSVP. HacDC is several blocks away from the Columbia Heights metro
station and is located in St. Stephen's Church at 1525 Newton St NW.
The event will be held in the large church sanctuary space. For more
details, contact Todd Fine at tdfine at gmail.com or (857) 234-0920.

Where: HacDC (1525 Newton St NW, Washington, D.C.)
Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Time: 7:30PM

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