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Influential Voices: UC Alumni Lecture Featuring George S. Takach

Cognitive Science

Cold War 2.0: Artificial Intelligence in the New Battle between China, Russia, and America

A talk by technology lawyer and author George S. Takach (BA 1979 UC)

Explore the dynamics of the global geopolitical landscape with technology lawyer, author, and University College alumnus George S. Takach, who will share insights from his latest book, Cold War 2.0: Artificial Intelligence in the New Battle between China, Russia, and America.

Cold War 2.0 looks at the role of AI, military coordination, missile defense systems, advanced semiconductor chips, quantum computers, and bio-engineering in shaping the conflict between democracy and autocracy.

Following the presentation, John Kirton, professor of political science and director of the G7 research group, will lead a conversation on how Western democracies can navigate these complex challenges.

Takach will be signing copies of the book, which will be available for purchase at the reception.

George S. Takach is a graduate of University College, University of Toronto (BA), the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (MA), and the Faculty of Law University of Toronto (JD). George is a former partner and national Technology Industry Leader at the McCarthy Tétrault law firm, where for 35+ years he represented Canadian and international technology companies (with financings, M&A and commercial matters) and traditional companies and governments with their sophisticated technology transactions and projects. George was an adjunct professor of computer law at Osgoode Hall Law School for 22 years. He is the author of Computer Law and two other books on the business of technology. He is now writing books on technology and geopolitics for a general audience, including Cold War 2.0: Artificial Intelligence in the New War Between China, Russia and America.

Date, Time, and Location

This is a hybrid event, taking place in-person at University College and streaming live online for remote viewers. Please rsvp by April 23.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

4:30 p.m. EST
Doors open (in-person only)

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. EST
Author presentation with Q & A

6:00 - 7:15 p.m. EST
Reception and book signing (in-person only)

In-person location:
Paul Cadario Conference Centre at Croft Chapter House, University College, University of Toronto, 15 King’s College Circle, Toronto

Link to livestream will be emailed to registrants prior to event

Questions? Please contact us at uc.rsvp@utoronto.ca

If you require an accommodation in order to attend this event, kindly inform us with your registration.

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