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Saturday, November 11 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Cybernetics, DRM, and the Right-to-Repair
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It used to be that when your car broke down, you could fix it on your own if you could get your hands on the spare parts. But now several automobile and tractor companies have license agreements that only allow certain shops to work on their operating systems if there's a problem, claiming that you don't own the software that runs your vehicle- you're only leasing it. How might this position affect the future of bionics, and the software they need?


Bruce Dykes

Bruce has been a long time gamer and an SFF reader for even longer. His writing career has actually achieved negative time flow.
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Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (winner of Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999), Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002), The Pixel... Read More →

Frank O'Brien

Frank O'Brien is a spaceflight historian, primarily as a researcher for the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal, and is co-editor of the Apollo Flight Journal. He is the author of The Apollo Guidance Computer: Architecture and Operation (Springer, 2010). He has long been involved with museums... Read More →
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Caitlin Shreiber

Caitlin is a student of robotics engineering and product design, a fan of anime and gothic horror, the baker of some of the tastiest cupcakes on the planet, and a real-life cyborg. That last development has led to her study neurobiology and genetics "for funsies" in recent years... Read More →

Edie Stern

Since retiring from a 40+ year career in information technology, Edie Stern has started the Fan History Youtube channel and been the webmaster for FANAC.ORG, the website focused on Fan History. An inventor on over 180 issued US patents, she is the 2012 recipient of the American Society... Read More →

Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner is a professor of autodidactism, stand-up philosopher, not-recently-published writer, former president of the Science Fiction Forum, freelance punslinger, and a co-founder of a hat trick of sf conventions. "Geek, Nerd, AND Dork? I'm a Triple Threat!"

Saturday November 11, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two