Program Details

Too Much Data, Not Enough Wisdom: How to Stay Sane in the Age of Big Data, Deep Fakes, and Doomscrolling

Oge Marques
Video Catch-up

Course Description

The DIKW pyramid is a representation of how contemporary technologies should be able to mine vast amounts of data (D), from which useful information (I) can be extracted, and knowledge (K) can be acquired and modeled. Ideally, at the top of the pyramid, the culmination of the process should be increased wisdom (W). In actuality, what we see is too much data and not enough wisdom. This talk provides a structured discussion of topics related to the role of technology in our lives and the influence of social media, big data, AI (including deep fakes), and other technology-induced behaviors, such as "doomscrolling" - the tendency to continue to surf or scroll through bad news, even though that news is saddening, disheartening, or depressing to our wellbeing. We will discuss how to navigate through this ocean of new technologies and apps in a safe and meaningful way. Using his deep understanding of technology as a lens, Marques will present examples of challenges such as information overload, technical complexity, privacy, and security. He will also share personal stories and strategies to adapt to this paradoxical age, where we have amazing technology and quick access to almost everything but are at serious risk of losing our sanity in the process.

About the Instructor

  • Oge Marques, Ph.D. is a professor of computer science and engineering at Florida Atlantic University. He is a world-renowned expert in the fields of image processing, computer vision, human vision, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning. His current research focuses on applying AI to healthcare. He is the author of 11 technical books, one patent, and more than 150 scientific articles in his fields of expertise. Marques is a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer and a fellow of the AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute. He has won several awards, including the Engineers’ Council John J. Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year Award, (2019) and the FAU Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching Award, (2018, 2011, 2004).