The rise of the intelligent machines – bridging or widening the digital divide for underserved users?
In this workshop I will survey several examples of intelligent new media interfaces that can provide support for underserved users, will bring up for debate issues of online privacy, safety, and isolation for such users, discuss the role of interactive interfaces in making the information-centric society less threatening and more accessible, and argue that emerging smart interactive technologies can both help and hinder our efforts to close the digital divide. I will then propose for discussion several possible short- and long-term directions that can bring us closer to eliminating or at least reducing this divide that in many ways affects all of us.
This workshops is open to all within and outside academia. You are encouraged to register online.
McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
39A Queens Park Crescent E. – Parking available off 121 St. Joseph St. Toronto [map]