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Benjamin Wittes of the Brookings Institution and Professor Gabriella Blum of Harvard Law School discuss their award-winning book The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones—Confronting a New Age of Threat for the 2015 Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Lecture.
The book, published by Basic Books in 2015, explores how advances in technology give ordinary citizens and terrorists alike the tools to carry out devastating attacks—such as spreading deadly biological agents with a drone intended for hobbyists or launching cyberattacks from a laptop—and proposes solutions for how governments can respond. The authors contend that "security and liberty are mutually supportive, and that we must embrace one to ensure the other."
Wittes, Benjamin and Blum, Gabriella, "2015 Palmer Prize Winner - The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones—Confronting a New Age of Threat" (2015). The Palmer Prize Lecture. 8.