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Drones: A Tipping Point in Technology

When: Thu., Jan. 22, 7 p.m. 2015

DRONES: A TIPPING POINT OF TECHNOLOGY

THURSDAY, JAN. 22

MOTORCO MUSIC HALL—In skies and hospitals, battlefields and backyards, robots are becoming as common as explosions in a Michael Bay film. The logic of turning over pesky or dangerous tasks to drones and other automatons is clear. More opaque are the ethics and social impact of this technological shift. Professor Missy Cummings, a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot and the director of Duke's Humans and Anatomy Laboratory, hosts this informal discussion to dig into the perks and pitfalls of our coming robot overlords in this installment of Periodic Tables, the casual science gathering that happens once a month at Motorco. 7 p.m., free, 723 Rigsbee Ave., Durham, 919-901-0875, www.motorcomusic.com. —Ashley Melzer

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