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Computer Science Department
Colgate University
McGregory Hall, 3rd Floor
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346
(tel) 315.228.7719
(fax) 315.228.7009
department@cs.colgate.edu

Event Detail

Department Tea: Social Impact of Technology

Start: Tuesday, March 07, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
End: Tuesday, March 07, 2017, 12:20 p.m.
Location: 319 McGregory Hall

Speaker: Madeline E. Smith
Abstract:
Computing technologies have become increasingly embedded into modern life. Tools such as smartphones have become so ubiquitous that it is hard for us to imagine life without them. Undoubtedly such technologies have have significant impact on people’s lives, both positive and negative. Smartphones with built-in GPS functionality allow us to navigate through places we are unfamiliar without ever getting lots. People have also blindly followed those same GPS directions off of cliffs and into lakes, leading to severe injuries and even deaths [1,2].

During this tea we will use this and several other examples to discuss questions such as: As computer scientists who work on designing and building these tools and the technologies that make them possible, how can we consider the social impact of our work? How do our own personal values become embedded into our code? What are our ethical and moral responsibilities?

[1] https://www.cnet.com/news/womans-gps-leads-her-straight-into-a-100-ft-deep-lake/
[2] https://www.cnet.com/news/man-followed-gps-drove-off-disused-bridge-ramp-wife-dies-police-say/