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FVCC Honors Symposium Lecture Series
March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Computers, Automation and the Human Future
Nicholas Carr will offer a lively and provocative examination of how digital technologies are shaping our jobs, lives and society. Drawing on examples ranging from doctors’ offices to airplane cockpits to the recent presidential campaign, Carr will argue that prevailing software and systems design philosophies end up eroding skills, diminishing contextual and critical thinking and creating a culture of distraction and dependency. He will make the case that only by shifting our assumptions about technology and its personal and social consequences will we be able to forge a future fit for human beings rather than robots.
Journalist, Author, Pulitzer Prize Finalist
Nick Carr is a compelling writer and speaker whose work focuses on the intersection of technology and culture. A journalist by trade, he is the author of the acclaimed book “The Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing Us” (2014), which examines the personal and social consequences of our ever-growing dependency on computers, robots and apps. His previous work, “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains” (2010), was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times bestseller. His most recent book, “Utopia Is Creepy: And Other Provocations” (W.W. Norton & Company, 2016) uses a collection of Carr’s seminal essays to further explore the Internet’s impact on society.
Carr is also the author of two other influential books, “The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google” (2008), which the Financial Times calls “the best read so far about the significance of the shift to cloud computing,” and “Does IT Matter? Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage” (2004).
Carr has written for The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Wired, Nature, and MIT Technology Review, among others. His essays, including “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” and “The Great Forgetting,” have been featured in several anthologies, including The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The Best Spiritual Writing, and The Best Technology Writing. In 2015, he received the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity from the Media Ecology Association.
Carr is a former member of the Encyclopedia Britannica’s editorial board of advisors, was on the steering board of the World Economic Forum’s cloud computing project and was a writer-in-residence at the University of California at Berkeley’s journalism school. He also maintains the popular blog Rough Type.
Earlier in his career, he served as executive editor of the Harvard Business Review.
Carr holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University.
The Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium offers FVCC students and members of the community six opportunities in February and March to hear experts address various topics that support this year’s theme, “Technology and Mankind.” The college brings these free lectures to the community to provide credible and substantive information on important topics of public interest.
The 2018 Honors Symposium is funded in part by Humanities Montana, the Kalispell branch of the American Association of University Women, FVCC Alumni & Friends and the Theodore Chase Endowment Fund. We welcome donations to this fund. Your contribution will ensure the future for innovative honors lectures, programs and activities at FVCC.