Technology has started to move into a new, and very creepy phase. Wheels are turning within wheels and information is flowing in ways that most people don’t understand. We’ve heard a lot about government surveillance, but what businesses are doing may be even more disturbing. For example, you look up a product on Amazon and suddenly it’s showing up as an ad on your Facebook Page. Your eyeballs have just been sold to the highest bidder, through a little known system called FBX (Facebook Exchange). Or, you walk down Main Street USA at Walt Disney World and smell cookies baking. What you actually smell is a chemical pumped into the air by a patented machine called The Smellitzer. You’ve just been hit by scent marketing. Stores and shopping malls are starting to use cameras to track your movements and mine data from where you linger, what you look at, and especially, what you pick up but don’t purchase.
You will learn about the creepiest technologies that are here, as well as those that are just around the corner. Topics include; how we invade our own privacy, why your children and pets are creepy, hacking the body for fun and profit, and creepy first aid and self defense tactics. You are encouraged to bring a laptop computer in order to learn about and practise techniques to help throw people off your digital scent.
Instructor: Thomas Keenan, FCIPS, I.S.P., ITCP
Tom Keenan, a professor in University of Calgary's Faculty of Environmental Design, has been recognized by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for his lifelong dedication to science promotion. As an educator, broadcaster, technology journalist and public speaker, he has promoted science and technology to the masses through regular columns in newspapers and magazines, as well as radio and television appearances. Keenan taught Canada's first course in computer security in 1974.
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