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).

Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 at 6:00pm: "Fake News (Part 1): Propaganda"
Presented by Scott Tilley, PhD

Fake news is not news at all. Before we had social media and other technologies to spread misinformation at scale, we had old-school propaganda. In 1960, Robert Ensor wrote: “people will believe anything, provided they are told it often enough and emphatically enough, and that contradicters are either silenced or smothered in calumny.” That’s still true today. I repeat, that’s STILL TRUE TODAY! TODAY!

This is the first lecture in our four-part series on fake news. We'll discuss the origins of propaganda, how it’s been used throughout history, and which countermeasures have been found to be effective against it.

The talk takes place at FIT's Evans Library, Room 204, as a joint production with Big Data Florida. The talk is free and open to the public.

The following talks will complete the series:
February 24: Fake News (Part 2): Creating Fake News
March 23: Fake News (Part 3): Detecting Fake News
April 27: Fake News (Part 4): News and Society

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 at 5:30pm: "The Top Tech of the 2010s"
Presented by Scott Tilley, PhD

The end of the year. The end of the decade. As we race into the roaring 2020s, it’s time to take a look back at the last ten years and examine the top technologies that impacted our lives – both negatively and positively.

The talk takes place at The Sanctuary Clubhouse in Indialantic, FL, as part of a special meeting of INCOSE Space Coast Chapter. The talk is free and open to the public.

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.