Emerging Topics in Information Science - Fall 2019

INLS697 Section 001 - Paul Jones

“The next medium, whatever it is – it may be the extension of consciousness – will include television as its content, not as its environment. A computer as a research and communication instrument could enhance retrieval, obsolesce mass library organisation, retrieve the individual’s encyclopedic function and flip it into a private line to speedily tailored data of a saleable kind.” Marshall McLuhan 1962 (as quoted by Douglas Copeland on the occasion of McLuhan’s 100th birthday 2011.)

10 – Wednesday September 25 – Affective Computing in Healthcare with Roselind Picard

How Affective Computing Is Changing Patient Care at the InterSystems Global Summit October 2018.

In her talk, Professor Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D. will explore the topic of Affective Computing, giving examples of how AI and machine learning are becoming embedded in our wearables and smartphones, and the promise these technologies hold for improving lives for patients with conditions including Autism, Epilepsy, and Depression — the latter which is on track to become the #1 disease burden. Could wearable AI technology change that future?

Presented at InterSystems Global Summit 2018 by Rosalind Picard, Sc.D., Founder and Director, Affective Computing Research Group, MIT Media Lab

Professor Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D. is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, and faculty chair of MIT’s Mind+Hand+Heart Initiative. She co-founded Empatica, Inc. which created the first FDA-approved smartwatch being used today in neurology, and Affectiva, Inc. delivering technology to help measure and communicate emotion.
She is known internationally for her pioneering work in the field of Affective Computing, which seeks to create emotionally smart AI technologies in service of better human health and wellbeing. Professor Picard is an active inventor with over a dozen patents, and she has consulted for some of the largest tech companies in the world, including Apple and Samsung. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The London Independent, National Public Radio, New Scientist, ABC’s World News Tonight, Vogue, Wired, and Time.

Assignment: Reflect on how Picard’s vision for Affective Computing could improve the lives of people. Can Affective computing and AI be successfully wed to produce good results? Could they be used for evil? Do consider in your reponse our previous class sessions. Please respond by noon Tuesday, September 24.

8 and 9 – Wednesday September 18 and Monday September 23 – Pew Reports

Pew Center for Internet and American Life

The best effort to understand how the internet changes our lives, at least by using survey and interview methodology, comes from the Pew Center for Internet and American Life.

For this session, you will:

  1. take a look at the reports at Pew Center for Internet and American Life
  2. select a report that interests you
  3. Choose a day to present to class (only 4 people on each day)
  4. in the comments on Doodle also post the title and a link to your chosen Pew Report

  5. describe that report and its findings to the class in the form of a brief (two minute) video posted to YouTube, Vimeo, etc
  6. add a link or embed the html for that video as a comment to this post.
  7. do the above 24 hours before class
  8. be prepared to do a brief overview of about 15 minutes for discussion in class

7 – Monday September 16 – Lunar Library and beyond – Discussion of Nova Spivak’s talk

Try to attend The SILS Henderson Lecture at 10 am on Friday September 13 at the George Watts Hill Carolina Club. If you cannot attend to talk (or if you can and would like to know more), visit the sites for Nova Spivak and Arch Mission Foundation and familiarize yourself with the man and the project. You’ll be interested in the content of the Lunar Library as well as the preservation techniques used. You may also be interested in what has led Spivak to this point — his degree in Philosophy, his early involvement in Computer Science and in data analysis, web hosting, personalized news filtering, voice recognition and Q and A (that ended up in Siri), in the semantic web, and from working on Star Trek NG to his own space travel experiences.

As usual, post your reflections on Spivak and his project here in the comments before noon Sunday September 16.

Friday September 13 – Henderson Lecture – Nova Spivack and ArchMission’s Lunar Library

What: SILS Henderson Lecture – Building a Lunar Library
Who: Nova Spivack of ArchMission
When: Friday, September 13 – 10 am
Where: George Watts Hill Center – Carolina Club – 150 Stadium Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
About:the first Lunar Library (really an archive)

SILS Press release

Lunar Library close up

6 – Wednesday September 11 – World Economic Forum at Davos 2019 – A Jobs Creation Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

According to the Forum’s Future of Jobs report, machines and algorithms in the workplace could lead to a net positive growth of 58 million jobs if the right labour policies are applied. How can leaders shape a holistic job creation strategy in the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

This session is associated with the Centre for the New Economy and Society at the World Economic Forum.

· Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Belgium.
· Alain Dehaze, Chief Executive Officer, Adecco Group, Switzerland.
· Muriel Pénicaud, Minister of Labour of France.
· Hans Vestberg, Chief Executive Officer, Verizon Communications, USA.

Closing Remarks by:
· Saadia Zahidi, Managing Director, Head of the Centre for the New Economy and Society, World Economic Forum.

Moderated by:
· Rana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times, USA.

Here we are focused on Jobs in the context of the futures discussed by Meeker and Kelly and the present and near present issues faced by Facebook and AliBaba. Will AL and algorithms, in your opinion create more jobs? What kind of jobs will be winners and losers? How about your own future jobs?
Please reply before noon Tuesday September 10 (Our Dean likes to say “Knowledge is cumulative” so do in this and other responses try to integrate what you’ve learned from previous classes)

5 – Monday September 9 – Joe Tsai, executive vice chairman of Alibaba, on Business in China and the US

About Joe Tsai on Wikipedia

About Alibaba Group on Wikipedia and on its own site

On Twitter as @joetsai1999

Realizing that AliBaba is a ReCode sponsor, please contrast the content of this interview with that of the two Facebook executives also consider what you have learned from the Hype Curve, Meeker, and Kelly. Please post before noon Sunday September 8.

4 – Wednesday September 4 – Facebook execs Sheryl Sandberg and Mike Schroepfer interviewed

Facebook executives Sheryl Sandberg and Mike Schroepfer took the Code Conference stage with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka.

The CTO and COO of Facebook talked about how Facebook is continuing to deal with the fallout of Cambridge Analytica, how the company working on stopping fake news, and more.

Monday September 2 – Labor Day (No class today in honor of the working class)

3 – Wednesday August 28 – Kevin Kelly Looks 30 Years Ahead

Kevin Kelly speaks with Stewart Brand at the Long Now Foundation (about 90 minutes)

In Kevin Kelly’s view, a dozen “inevitable” trends will drive the next 30 years of digital progress. Artificial smartnesses, for example, will be added to everything, all quite different from human intelligence and from each other. We will tap into them like we do into electricity to become cyber-centaurs — co-dependent humans and AIs. All of us will need to perpetually upgrade just to stay in the game.

Kevin Kelly was the founding editor of Wired magazine and serves on the board of The Long Now Foundation. His books include Out of Control, What Technology Wants, Cool Tools and The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future.
Kevin Kelly’s Homepage
Kevin Kelly’s Wikipedia page
Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools

Please consider the Hypecurve and Meeker’s talk as you watch and respond to Kevin Kelly’s talk. Due Tuesday Noon August 27.

2 – Monday August 26 – Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Trends

Mary Meeker’s Top Trends for 2019 (at VOX — includes all 333 slides at bottom of the article)

A little about the history of Meeker’s Trends Talks (and an amusing chart of the growth of her slide deck sizes over the years) from CrunchBase.

2018 Talk Notes and Slides

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker delivers her annual internet trends report. She says “easy growth is behind us” as the newest internet users are coming from less developed and less affluent countries. Meeker also delves into artificial intelligence, Snapchat brand integrations, changes to live sports viewing habits, car industry innovation and the rise of millennial consumers, among many other topics. Visit KPCB.com/internet-trends to see all 300+ of Meeker’s slides and follow along.

The Re:Code conference, which hosted her presentation, provides copies of 300+ her slides, a video of presentation, a transcript, and some analysis. Topics among the findings she reports include: global smartphone growth (or not), voice interfaces, Netflix vs TV, gaming, China, India, US Tech founders, and healthcare.

Assignment – Due Noon Sunday August 25 – view Meeker’s 2019 talk at Code (about 30 minutes of fast talking), look through her slides, note the summaries, and reflect on how her view of technology trends will change your work and life in the near term, in the long run.

Also Please complete the Honor System Module before our second class, again due Noon Monday August 26.

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