Center for Science Writings presents: 'The Risks of Safety: When Good Machines Behave Badly,' Jan. 28

January 09, 2009

HOBOKEN, N.J. - The Center for Science Writings at Stevens Institute of Technology will host "The Risks of Safety: When Good Machines Behave Badly," a talk by technology historian Edward Tenner," on Wednesday, January 28, 2009. The event will be held in the Babbio Center, Room 122, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Edward Tenner, a visiting scholar at Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania, has been called "the philosopher of everyday technology" by National Public Radio.

In his acclaimed book, Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences, Tenner dwelled on technologies that illustrate Murphy's Law: Anything that can go wrong will. In this talk, Tenner will discuss cases in which, paradoxically, the effort to minimize technology's risks creates new problems.

All CSW events are free and open to the public. For more information contact John Horgan, Director of the Center for Science Writings, at jhorgan@stevens.edu, 201-216-5057 or check the Center's website at: www.stevens.edu/csw.
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The Center for Science Writings is a part of the Stevens College of Arts and Letters (www.stevens.edu/cal)

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology is one of the leading technological universities in the world dedicated to learning and research. Through its broad-based curricula, nurturing of creative inventiveness, and cross disciplinary research, the Institute is at the forefront of global challenges in engineering, science, and technology management. Partnerships and collaboration between, and among, business, industry, government and other universities contribute to the enriched environment of the Institute. A new model for technology commercialization in academe, known as Technogenesis®, involves external partners in launching business enterprises to create broad opportunities and shared value. Stevens offers baccalaureates, master's and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science and management, in addition to a baccalaureate degree in the humanities and liberal arts, and in business and technology. The university has a total enrollment of 2,150 undergraduate and 3,500 graduate students with about 250 full-time faculty. Stevens' graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at www.stevens.edu.

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