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The World of Tomorrow: Benefits, Risks, and Challenges

September 29, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Our society is experiencing fundamental transformations that affect nearly every aspect of our lives. New technologies and methods in communications, medicine, environmental engineering, robotics, and other spheres of innovation promise great benefits but also pose challenges to traditional ideas about our health, privacy, work, and daily life. This seminar will explore advances in genetics, robotics, and city planning to paint a picture of the future–with all of its promise and potential challenges.


The Wild West of Genetic Information: Ownership, Regulation, Interpretation, and Manipulation
Elysia Davis, Genetic Counselor and Clinical Instructor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Meeting Our Needs More Sustainably: Why the Global Energy Transition to Renewable Energy is Now Unstoppable
Greg Gangi,Teaching Associate Professor of Environment and Ecology and Associate Director for Clean Technology and Innovation, Institute for the Environment

Labor in a Land of Robots and Artificial Intelligence
Marshall Brain, Director of Engineering Entrepreneurs Program, North Carolina State University

Future Shock: How Can We Balance Technological Changes and Human Needs?
A panel discussion with our speakers


9:15am-4:00pm Saturday, September 29. The tuition is $125 ($115 until August 1). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($57.50 until August 1st). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit.The optional lunch on Saturday is $15.00.

Discounts are available for UNC students, faculty, & staff. See our UNC Student, Staff, & Faculty Discounted Registration Policy here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register here or call us at 919.962.1544. 

Registrants will receive a packet containing background readings, a map to the seminar location, and more about 3-4 weeks before the program date. 


September 29, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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