Program Details

The Chip Shot, Part I:  The Internet Awash in Cyber Crime and Confirmation Bias - Boca Raton

Stephen Kowel

Course Description

The microchip is the technology behind anything smart. And just about everything is smart and getting smarter every day. But, how we make the chips, where we make the chips, and how we use the chips will define the future our grandchildren live. In Part I of this 2-part series, Kowel will review the challenges we face as individuals, and as a society, in maximizing the benefits and containing the hazards of chips connecting over the Internet. We will explore how social media and podcasts promote pernicious, divisive, and polarizing posts because they attract viewers and advertisers. We will review proposals to give "true" a louder voice than "fake" while offering the broadest freedom of access and opinion. We will also consider what actions we can each take to guard what is left of privacy and avoid being victims of scams while we search for information, FaceTime with friends, do our banking, and entertain ourselves. Putting off procrastination is not a good strategy for dealing with essential, exponential, existential technology. "He was a master of knowledge and a great teacher - please have him again !!!!" - OLLI Patron

About the Instructor

  • Stephen Kowel, Ph.D., earned his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He has held faculty positions at Syracuse University, the University of California, Davis, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the University of Cincinnati, where he also served as dean of the College of Engineering. He has been elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and of the Optical Society of America (OPTICA).