Ethical dilemmas in tech with Prof Shannon Vallor

This week; if a celebrity retweets you, would that have more emotional impact than a birthday card from your mother? Do you get upset when your close friends don’t like some of your Facebook updates? Do you constantly have to dodge people staring down at their smartphones?

One person who is looking at how technology changes our behaviour and values for better, or worse, is Prof Shannon Vallor. She was in town to deliver a lecture at Trinity College this week and Niall Kitson caught up with her, to find out her thoughts on how technology can help us live not just more productive lives, but more ethical ones, too.

Ethical dilemmas in tech with Prof Shannon Vallor

 
 
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Insight Centre’s – Prof Barry O’Sullivan

Automation is changing the world, and in 10 years your job may be not be done by a human! Professor Barry O’Sullivan from the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, has some amazing insights that will surprise!  We also get down and dirty with Microsofts last Surface Pro tablet/laptop.

Insight Centre’s – Prof Barry O’Sullivan

 
 
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Science Fiction

When you think of the big breakthroughs in science and engineering today you think of academic journals and websites and universities with big funding grants but that wasn’t always the the case. Some of the greatest inventors like Thomas Edison or Nicola Tesla weren’t academics, they were men with great ideas, sometimes working all on their own.

And just like we expect the great discoveries to be reported in academic journals, or magazines like New Scientist or Popular Mechanics, the way people read about Science has changed too – it wasn’t unusual to see science fiction and fact happily share the same space.

One man who has devoted a lot of time to studying the history of science writing is Prof Philip Bowler from Queens University, Belfast, and he spoke with Niall at the History of Technology and Medicine Conference at DCU last week. If you like the old pulp magazines, you’re in for a treat.

Science Fiction

 
 
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