Hundreds of current and former students and faculty packed into the Humanities Theatre at the University of Waterloo Monday night.
The event, dubbed ”Beyond 60,” commemorated the school’s 60th anniversary and featured a handful of keynote speakers, including UW professors, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, and MIT research specialist Kate Darling.
Darling primarily researches how technology interacts with society, and said we’re entering an era of human-robot interaction, and universities like UW are crucial in ensuring the positives don’t outweigh the negatives as that kind of science develops.
Snowden spoke for nearly an hour via video conference from Russia, on everything from privacy to mass surveillance, and how it’s up to the next generation to make an impact the future of communication.
That was just one of many compelling quotes as Snowden gave his thoughts on mass surveillance and some insight into the leaking of classified documents that brought him to the spotlight in 2013.
More than 800 people took in the lecture at UW’s main campus in Waterloo, as well as in Kitchener, Stratford and Hong Kong.