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Informatica Bifrons: the two faces of information technology

Ponente: Franco P. Preparata
Institución: Brown University
Tipo de Evento: Investigación, Formación de Recursos Humanos
Cuándo 16/02/2018
de 12:00 a 13:00
Dónde Auditorio "Alfonso Nápoles Gándara"
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Abstract

Digital technology, computation and communication, has produced a rapid, unprecedented change in society. From a relative modest start half a century ago, the development over the past twenty years has been extraordinary. This "revolution" has a benign as well as a malign face.

The benign face is easily characterized as stunning availability of inexpensive computing power, wide access to information, expeditious intercommunication (e-mail), traffic management, "virtual reality", robotics, and the emergence of "social networks".

But there is also a malign face to the IT-revolution. Beyond the disappearance of familiar practices, significant concerns are the loss of privacy due to the "porosity" of the internet, the threat of "malware', the decay of traditional retail, and --more significantly -- the menace of indiscriminate automation.