Knowledge, Technology, and Social Systems

  • Founded
    1966
  • Seminar Number
    467

Technologies, scientific transformations, and new areas of knowledge are continuously, and rapidly, being in- troduced. These developments are transforming social systems around the world. We have seen networked computers rapidly converging with telephones and TV into globally pervasive digital communications systems. These systems—and the emerging New Media they create—are increasingly impacting what and how we communicate with each other, as well as how we write history and interact among ourselves. The opportunities and threats these and other systems pose to personal and global quality of life, end even to human survival, are very real and relatively little understood. This seminar will consider these aspects, as well as alternative social systems that may lead to a better future for humankind. This seminar was formerly called Computers, Man, and Society.


Co-Chairs
Professor Jerry Spivack
jspvk@aol.com

Professor Sidney Greenfield
sidneygreenfield@gmail.com

Professor Takeshi Utsumi
takutsumi0@gmail.com

Rapporteur
TBD


Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.

 

Welcome

Meetings

10/19/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: A KTSS Perspective
François Fortier, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Abstract




11/09/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
What You Can Do Online but Not On Campus: Innovations in Digital Education
Robert Ubell, New York University Tandon School of Engineering
Abstract




12/14/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Biological Art: The Intersection of Science, Religion, and Modern Oblivion
Diana Moore, Biopharmaceutical Professional, Art Gallery Curator, and Bioartist
Abstract




02/08/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Cybersecurity: How it Impacts our World and our Selves
Chris O’Brien, Cybersecurity Advocate and Founder of NetSafe Family
Abstract




03/08/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Politics and the Future: Where We Have Been and Where We Are Heading
Open Discussion Among Members,
Abstract




04/12/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

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05/10/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

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