The Space Coast is fortunate to have many highly educated people who are motivated to learn more about technology. They have a thirst to know how technology affects their lives. The CTS engages the community at large through a series of informal public lectures on select topics that impact a large portion of the population. This raises awareness of technology-related developments, providing a forum for members of the public to provide input to policy decision makers.


The mission of the Center for Technology & Society (CTS) is to provide a research focus and to facilitate public discussion concerning the interplay between technology and society. Specifically, how rapid advancements in technology are affecting society, and how societal behavior is informing technical innovation. The CTS serves as an outreach vehicle supporting the goals of the NSF’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program, which “seeks to advance new approaches to … STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments.”


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The CTS was founded in 2016 by Scott Tilley. He's a professor emeritus at the Florida Institute of Technology, president of the Big Data Florida user group, a Senior Fellow at the American Security Council Foundation, a Space Coast Writers' Guild Fellow, and author of numerous books. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Victoria. Contact him at