Recently, Century House members were invited to several events to Focus on Technology.

On February 27, TED TALKS came back to Century House.
If you missed this interesting and thought provoking opportunity, you might be interested to view these two featured YouTube recordings:

What Your Smart Devices Knows (and share) About You Once your smart devices can talk to you, who else are they talking to? Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu wanted to find out — so they outfitted Hill’s apartment with 18 different internet-connected devices and built a special router to track how often they contacted their servers and see what they were reporting back. The results were surprising — and more than a little bit creepy. Learn more about what the data from your smart devices reveals about your sleep schedule, TV binges and even your tooth-brushing habits — and how tech companies could use it to target and profile you.
(This talk contains mature language). .”

On March 28, two focus groups were held to invite input to help shape future programming at Century House:

Members were asked to comment on topics including these:

  • As the world changes do you want to keep up electronically? Smart Phones, Email, Tablets, Computer, Laptops….we need your input on how you would like to keep up. 
  • Platforms for communicating…Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube…what is this all about? We want to hear from you regarding what and how you would like to learn, how you would like to communicate. 
  • Have knowledge or experience to share? We want to hear from you. 

Wednesday, April 24 at 1 p.m.
Topic: How a Handful of Tech Companies Control Billions of Minds Every Day…. 

Come to Century House and watch this talk, followed by a facilitated discussion. From Facebook notifications to Snapstreaks to YouTube autoplays. They’re all competing for one thing: your attention. Tristan Harris, design thinker, shares how these companies prey on our psychology for their own profit and calls for a design renaissance in which our tech instead encourages us to live out the timeline we want.

Stay tuned to hear more about technology.

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