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Faculty Member Peter Asaro will be a panelist in “Welcome to the Future: The Impact of New Technologies”

Welcome to the Future: The Impact of New Technologies

Join Chief Technology Officer for the City of New York Miguel Gamino, Jr, New School philosopher Dr. Peter Asaro, and Georgetown University Professor Rosa Brooks as they discuss the transition to a futuristic world shaped by artificial intelligence, smart robotics and interconnected autonomous systems at the panel discussion Welcome to the Future on Wednesday, October 18 at 7:30pm at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum located at Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue).  

Panelists will dive into some of the inevitable questions raised by new technologies such as the cultural, political and ethical challenges of military robotics, how technology can improve life in smart cities, the types of jobs that will emerge, how to adapt 20th-century regulations to new technologies with far-reaching applications, and more. Preeminent political scientist Dr. Peter Warren Singer will moderate the panel. An audience Q&A will take place following the discussion.

Tickets go on sale Monday, September 18 and are $15 for general admission and $12 for members. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit


DATE:                       Wednesday, October 18

TIME:                        Doors open at 7:00pm; discussion starts at 7:30pm

LOCATION:             Allison & Howard Lutnick Theater –Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum – Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue) – Manhattan


Dr. Peter Warren Singer is a strategist at the New America Foundation and an editor at Popular Sciencemagazine. He was named by the Smithsonian as one of the nation’s 100 leading innovators, by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues and by Foreign Policy as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. Singer’s award-winning books include Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military IndustryWired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century and Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know. His latest, Ghost Fleet, has been endorsed by a variety of people, including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the co-inventor of the Internet and the writer of HBO’s Game of Thrones. He served as the coordinator of the Defense Policy Task Force for Obama’s 2008 campaign and was the founding director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution.



Dr. Peter Asaro is a philosopher of science, technology and media at the New School. His work examines artificial intelligence and robotics as a form of digital media and the ways in which technology mediates social relations and shapes our experience of the world. His current research focuses on military robotics and UAV drones. He has written widely cited papers on lethal robotics from the perspective of just war theory and human rights. He has also developed technologies in the areas of virtual reality, data visualization and sonification, human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robot vision and neuromorphic robotics and was involved in the design of the Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine.


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Rosa Brooks teaches courses on international law, national security and constitutional law at Georgetown University. She writes a weekly column for Foreign Policy and is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.  Brooks previously served as counselor to Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy. Brooks has also served as a senior advisor for the U.S. Department of State, a consultant for Human Rights Watch, a fellow at the Carr Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a board member of Amnesty International USA, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Fragile States. Her most recent book is How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything.

Miguel Gamiño, Jr. is the Chief Technology Officer for the City of New York under the leadership of Mayor Bill de Blasio. As CTO, he is leading major technology initiatives for the city including developing a meaningful and innovative Smart City and “Internet of Things” (IoT) strategy in collaboration with City agencies and departments; and leading the City’s Broadband Program with agencies, private industry and academia aimed at fulfilling Mayor de Blasio’s promise to provide every New Yorker and NYC business access to affordable, reliable, high-speed broadband service in all of New York by 2025.





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