'Rise of the Robots' the focus of upcoming Research Unplugged talk

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — John M. Jordan, clinical professor of supply chain and information systems in Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, will give a Research Unplugged talk, “Rise of the Robots: Imagining the Future of Robot-Human Relationships” at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Schlow Centre Region Library.

The Research Unplugged series, now in its 11th year, brings together Penn State researchers and the State College community for lively public discussions.

Jordan will discuss the difference between popular images of robots in science fiction and movies versus the emerging reality. Jordan said the capabilities of robots are accelerating, and private and military investments in this field are growing. His talk will explore the place of robots in health care, warfare, work, and social interaction and the potential benefits and challenges of a world where humans and robots are more inseparably intertwined.

Jordan, who has been a member of the Smeal College of Business faculty since 2005, came to Penn State from the corporate sector where he worked for firms such as Capgemini and CSC Consulting. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Research Unplugged events are free and open to the public. A question and answer session is part of the program.

The Research Unplugged series is made possible with the support of Penn State and Schlow Centre Region Library. For additional information, contact series coordinator Melissa Beattie Moss at 814-865-2614 or mbmoss@psu.edu

Last Updated March 23, 2015