2019-2020 Tech Talk Season

“Tech Talks” are presented by the Center for Technology & Society (CTS). This season features an exciting mix of technology-based topics that impact society at large. For more information, please contact Scott Tilley (stilley@cts.today).

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 at 5:30pm: "Systems Engineering in 2020 and Beyond"
Presented by Scott Tilley, PhD

What does the future hold for systems engineering? What will be some of the major practical challenges and important research questions facing the community? Which new skills will systems engineers need to thrive in the 2020s and beyond?

The start of a new decade is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the state of the profession, and to postulate some of the key areas of interest that will shape the next phase of systems engineering, its interaction with other engineering disciplines, and its effects on society in general.

The talk takes place at FIT's Evans Library in Room 204, as part of a regular meeting of INCOSE Space Coast Chapter. The talk is free and open to the public.


Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 at 6:30pm: "Social Silos: Digitally Connected but Increasingly Alone"
Presented by Scott Tilley, PhD

Through social media and our digital devices, we are more connected than ever before. Ironically, we also are becoming increasingly isolated. Do you have more Facebook “friends” than actual friends? Is the next generation becoming socially disconnected, living in electronic silos of their own making? Some people say that “going solo” is a healthy choice, but are more people being led down the path towards loneliness and isolation due to addictive and pervasive technology?

The movie “The Matrix,” which was released 20 years ago, depicted a post-apocalyptic world ruled by machines, where humans existed in a virtual reality, completely unaware of their surroundings or true purpose. Is that the world we want? Which would you pick, the red pill or the blue pill?

The talk takes place at FIT's Evans Library, as part of their After Hours series. The talk is free and open to the public.