Apr 122019
 

Sydney McGillis initiated a wonderful series of TED TALKS once a month at Century House and 25+ people have attended each. These afternoons included brief videos on a wide range of topics followed by great discussions.

On April 24, the topic will be How a Handful of Tech Companies Control Billions of Minds Every Day…. 

Here is the description from the April Clarion:

Come to Century House and watch Ted Talk, How a Handful of Tech Companies Control Billions of Minds every Day, 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 de- sign renaissance in which our tech instead encourages us to live out the timeline we want. 

Please register ahead for this thought provoking afternoon Wednesday, April 24 at 1:00 p.m. We’ll post the link closer to the date for those who would like a preview.

If you missed past TED TALKS opportunities or would like another look at the videos, here are the links.

On January 30, the topic was The Power of Vulnerability & Connection 

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, and love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. Brene shares fresh thinking on why caring what others think actually matters, and why critics make us stronger. The video will be followed by a facilitated discussion. Sign up at the front office if you are interested in attending. 

On February 27, the topic was 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 re- veals 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). 

These two TED Talks videos were shown

These were referred to in a recent post about Century House’s  Focus on Technology.

On March 27,  The Paradox of Choice was the topic.

Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz’s estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied. 


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