U.S. Director of Intelligence Dan Coats to speak at Purdue

He's the latest notable speaker to visit campus as part of Purdue's Ideas Festival for the university's 150th anniversary.

Posted: May 10, 2019 5:38 AM
Updated: May 10, 2019 8:21 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - United States Director of Intelligence Dan Coats will return home to Indiana this month and speak at Purdue University, officials announced Tuesday. He's the latest notable speaker to visit campus as part of Purdue's Ideas Festival for the university's 150th anniversary.

Coats previously served Indiana in Congress as a member of the House of Representatives and later as a U.S. senator. He will visit Purdue on May 14 to give a symposium titled "What IF Artificial Intelligence Wages War?" It will focus on the challenges to national security as smart systems and technology advance, according to a news release.

Coats will answer the questions: Will wars become more humane? What needs to be done to keep the human decision-making element alive? Will future enemies comply with a similar set of moral standards?

The symposium will feature the keynote address by Coats followed by a fireside chat with Coats and Purdue President Mitch Daniels, as well as talks from Heather Roff, Paul Scharre, P.W. Singer, Patrick Wolfe and Robert Work. 

Coats joins the list of notable names to visit campus during the celebration. Capt. Sully Sullenberger, U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, 'Chopped' host Ted Allen, former first lady Laura Bush and many others have visited as part of the 150th anniversary celebration.

The event is free and will take place at the Buchanan Room in Ross-Ade Stadium. Registration is required. Coats will speak at 2 p.m.

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