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W18: High Tech Impact

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Original Desciption

The micro-electronics revolution has changed what we do, when we do it, and how we do it – and it continues to march onward. In our four sessions we will paint a broad picture of high tech and its impact. Topics will include the forces driving high tech; present and future revolutionary devices; the impact of the Internet; and what's going to happen next. We will conclude with a panel of technology experts who will present their views on likely futures. Background information will be provided to participants who will be encouraged to come to sessions armed with arguments about the subject matter. What’s good and not so good about the new technologies? Everyone will be encouraged to reach his or her own conclusions.

Dates: Mar. 4 – 25 (4 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 4:10 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.
Location: VIC 210

Confession

I originally saw this as a relatively straight forward discussion of the micro-electronic revolution and its current and future impact. Bringing in outside “experts” seemed a fitting conclusion. Then I began to really think about the subject matter.

Possible Course Material

Positive / negative future?
How important is technology?
Major high tech changes?
What's driving high tech?
Are there any technology “laws”?
Likely future:

  • Social Impact
  • Cognitive Impact
  • Community Impact
  • Employment Impact
  • Family Impact
  • Education Impact
  • Global Impact
  • Economic Impact
  • Ethical Impact
  • National Impact
  • Privacy Impact
  • Personal Impact
  • Health Impact
  • Professional Impact
  • Urban Impact

Impact on the 3rd Age?

All LIFE members are or will soon be in the 3rd Age – post-retirement, but still reasonably fit. High tech has already had a impact on us. We can live longer, thanks to technology. We can remain active and independent longer, thanks to technology. We can be more connected, thanks to technology. We can continue to work longer, thanks to technology. We also can feel disconnected, thanks to technology. And we can face unpleasant new challenges, thanks to technology.

The “obvious” conclusion to this course could be an open discussion of the impact of technology on those of us in the 3rd Age. What should we do to take proper advantage of what new technology offers? What are the technologies that have helped? What are the technologies that may help in the future? What should we do to avoid the problems that can accompany new technology? How do we help new 3rd Age members take proper advantage of new technology?

As a result of these thoughts, the course will follow the following outline:

Session One: A one-hour introduction to the high tech revolution with pointers to reference materials (available on the web). Selection of topics to be considered in Sessions Two and Three. Identify two impact topics to considered in each of these sessions (total of four topics).

Session Two: Two impact topics. Reference material will be available on the web, and the moderator will introduce each topic. Participants will be encouraged to share their experience and insights.

Session Three: Two impact topics. Reference material will be available on the web, and the moderator will introduce each topic. Participants will be encouraged to share their experience and insights.

Session Four: The impact of high tech on members of the 3rd Age. Reference material will be available on the web. The moderator will provide an overview. Participants will be expected to share their experience, and to identify positive and negative future impacts of high tech on the 3rd Age.

There's no hope that the course coverage will be exhaustive, but we should be able to begin a discussion that can continue into the future. We truly do live in “interesting” times, … and high tech is an important force driving our world.

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May 6 – June 10 (6 sessions) Time: Wednesdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Location