E24: Freshman Seminar
Influences of Social and Economic Factors on the Future of Computing and
Continuing rapid technological advances have resulted in computing and
communications technology outstriping its applications. The acceptance
and assimilation of computing and communications technology is heavily
influenced by social and economic forces, and future progress may be limited
more by application ideas and public acceptance than by technology itself.
This seminar will bring together students interested in technology, the
social sciences (particularly economics, psychology, and political science)
and business, to study how economic and social forces are likely to impact
the applications of computing and communications technologies in the future.
1 unit, P/NP
Location: 400 Cory Hall (Hughes Room), Mondays 12-1 PM (students are welcome
to bring bag lunches)
Prof. David G. Messerschmitt
Hawisher and Selfe, Literacy, Technology, and Society: Confronting the
Issues. Prentice-Hall, 1997.
Rosenberg, The Social Impact of Computers. Second Edition. Academic
New York Times,
Cybertimes Section (free access, but you must register once)