28 November, 2020

'Technology And The Liberals Arts Are Married To Each Other'

The ‘marriage’ of liberal arts and technology is important, not one or the other, says author Scott Hartley

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'Technology And The Liberals Arts Are Married To Each Other'

Is technology taking a toll on our ability to understand of other people and society its­elf? Are the liberal arts losing their meaning in the world of big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning? Does it make sense to study philosophy, anthropology or psychology in this age of technology-driven lifestyles? Scott Hartley, author of The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World thinks it does. “The study of social sciences, psycho­logy and philosophy comes into play when we try to address human problems through technology,” he says. “We talk about magic words like big data and AI, but the inputs that created these things are human. And human beings are subject to bias, fallibility and error. So it is important to broaden the scope of participation in technology and have people from all walks of life participating in it.”

At Stanford University, California, ‘fuzzy’ ref­ers to a student of the humanities and social sciences, while ‘techies’ are students of engineering...



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