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Bill Malkes, CEO and co-founder of Gridsmart Technologies, will present “Your Future in Self-Driving Vehicles—Utopia or Hell?” at this week’s Science Forum, to be held at noon Friday, April 21.

Malkes’s talk will be held in Thompson-Boling Arena Café, Rooms C-D. The 40-minute presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer discussion.

The Science Forum is free and open to the public. Attendees may bring their own lunch or purchase lunch at the café.

Malkes will discuss how Gridsmart and other roadway technologies fit into the revolutionary world of self-driving vehicles. He will delve into the future and explore social issues such as privacy matters created by an autonomous vehicle society.

In his discussion, he will also venture even further to investigate whether self-driving vehicles will play the role of a hero or villain in the quest for a better society.

The Science Forum began in 1933 and is sponsored by UT’s Quest research magazine. The forum was designed to provide the public, students, and other researchers a chance to learn about scientific research void of jargon.