Networking: 3:30 - 3:45 pm - Discussion: 3:45 - 5:00 pm
The influence of computing is remarkable, and its future frequently touted as unbounded. Yet against this backdrop of unprecedented development lays sobering recent events in which computing has managed not to advance society, but instead to fray it. The time is right – indeed urgent – for computing as a diverse community to mature beyond today’s whiz kid, shiny object, “move fast and break things” attitudes. The various disciplines that reflect on computing must grow up and take ownership of the steps needed to mitigate negative impacts of research and development, as well as harness computing in service of pressing social problems.
At this week's IPaT Thursday Think Tank, we'll discuss the creation of the Georgia Tech Center on Computing and Society: an emerging cross-disciplinary research initiative aiming for national and international leadership in understanding and advancing computing systems that are responsible and accountable to society.
Ellen Zegura, Professor, School of Computer Science
Carl DiSalvo, Associate Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Michael Best, Associate Professor, School of Interactive Computing