Scicomm Cocoa Talk №5. Andrey Kuznetsov: Fear and Fascination in the World of Self-Driving Cars

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The fifth online meetup by ITMO University's Center for Science Communication will take place on July 2 from 7.30pm.

Today, we're witnessing a spectacular race between self-driving creations by companies big and small in the car, IT and transport industries.  Although right now we're mere bystanders, it's very likely that we'll soon become first-hand participants of the radical transformation promised by this technology. Will these changes elicit fear or fascination? 

During the online lecture on July 2, starting from 7.30pm, we'll talk about internal contradictions in the world of self-driving cars. Using a couple of notable cases, we'll try to answer the following questions:

  • Why doesn't it make any sense to call the smart vehicles of the future "self-driving", "autonomous", or even "cars"?
  • What conclusions can be drawn from the fact that smart cars aren't born this way?
  • How to wrap your head around the "vicious math" behind self-driving cars?
  • How is it that the field of self-driving cars mixes technological progress with obscurantism?
  • Last but not least, what can we learn from the coming together of IT and the car industry?

The lecture will be delivered by Andrey Kuznetsov, a PhD in social sciences, associate professor at ITMO University, staff member at the STS (Science and Technology Studies) Center of the European University at St. Petersburg, and head of ITMO's Master's program Science and Technologies in Society

Please register here to participate. The link to the broadcast will be sent to you several hours before it starts. 


Everyone is very welcome to participate. 


ITMO University's Center for Science Communication


ITMO University's Center for Science Communication