At The Leonardo's After Hours program on Friday, experts in law enforcement, privacy law, psychology and technology will gather for "Rise of the Drones," a discussion on the impact of unmanned surveillance aircraft on our security, morality and mental well being.
As an inventor, philosopher, scientist and artist who didn't turn his nose up at lucrative contracts to build war-machines, Leonardo da Vinci would be fascinated—and perhaps chilled—to see what human innovation has wrought. Silent and nearly invisible mechanical raptors that spy and kill for their human masters half a world away.
If you've toured the museum's exhibit Genius, that includes models of Leonardo's air-screw (helicopter) and flying machine, you know that he laid down the basics for drones.
Leo, who was familiar with the Catholic church's just war concept, would especially enjoy our on-going moral debate over drones and their aptly named Hellfire missiles.
Friday, 6–7:30 p.m. The discussion is free but space is limited, so RSVP online or at 801-531-9800
The Leonardo, 209 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City.