Information technology

  • Exploring a Future Tech Dystopia with Kashmir Hill

    Air Dates: February 1-7, 2021 We live in an age increasingly defined by the intrusion of technology in our lives. Kashmir Hill is a technology journalist whose work explores the looming tech-dystopia—and how we can avoid it. Kashmir Hill is a New York-based technology reporter who writes about the unexpected and sometimes ominous ways technology is changing our lives, particularly when it comes to our privacy.  She joined The New … Read More

  • Navigating Our Future with Big Tech with Alexis Wichowski

    Air Dates: December 28-January 3, 2020 Our nationality has long been a part of how we identify ourselves.  But Alexis Wichowski surveys the rise of “net states,” big tech companies that are, increasingly, taking on roles traditionally played by nation-states. Wichowski is a public servant, teacher, and writer.  She serves as Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Innovation and Acting Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Broadband for the City of New … Read More

  • The Information Trade: How Tech Companies Act Like Countries & What it Means for Our Democracy with Dr. Alexis Wichowski, Columbia University

    In The Information Trade, Columbia University professor and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the City of New York Alexis Wichowski presents both a near history and a profile of what it means to live a tech-enabled life. This talk will detail how we can both celebrate the ways technology enables us to share the stuff of life – information, data, stories, knowledge, sorrows and silliness, and ephemera – and inform ourselves … Read More

  • Spring 2020 Event Series Announced

    The Pell Center has announced its event series for Spring 2020. Tickets to these events are free and will become available approximately two weeks prior to the event date. Please RSVP for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page and call 401-341-2927 or email [email protected] with any questions. Scroll to the bottom of this page to join our email list and stay informed about when tickets become available. Please note, all events will … Read More

  • Peter Asaro on Story in the Public Square

    Stopping Killer Robots with Peter Asaro

    Air Dates: November 10-12, 2018 For decades, Hollywood films and science fiction writers have told us ominous stories about the future dangers of killer robots and artificial intelligence. Peter Asaro warns that machines lack the essential human qualities required for operating weapons systems—and he’s working to ban them from doing just that. Dr. Peter Asaro is a philosopher of science, technology and media. His work examines artificial intelligence and robotics … Read More

  • Jason Healey on “Story in the Public Square’” September 9, 2017

    Information technology has changed nearly everything about modern living: the way we communicate, earn a living, and even how we date.  Guest Jason Healey examines the implications of cybersecurity on war and statecraft. Jason Healey is a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs specializing in cyber conflict, competition and cooperation. Prior to this, he was the founding director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of … Read More