NIU Lifelong Learning Institute: Leading Edge Technology
Name: NIU Lifelong Learning Institute: Leading Edge Technology
Date: January 19, 2021 - February 8, 2021
Week I: Intelligent Assistants (Chatbots). The first week will be focused on the emergence of intelligent assistants and the use of these technologies in a variety of settings including banking, transportation, call centers, finance, and education. A special emphasis will be placed on the role of machine learning in enhancing the capabilities of intelligent assistants. Week II: The History of Wearables and the Emergence of the Quantified Self. The second week will be devoted to the history of wearables by which people are able to obtain critical data about themselves or their environment through what they are wearing. A special section will be devoted to the emergence of the smartwatch and its relationship to the history of personal timepieces. Week III: Robots. The history of man’s relationship with and fantasies about androids, simulacra, and other artificial beings and recent advances in robotics that enable the design of ever more sophisticated robots. The increasing role of robots in contemporary society and the potential impact of robots on the economy and the kinds of jobs that humans will be performing in the future. Week IV: Holograms. The final week will be devoted to holography and its use and potential use in the design and repair of machinery, medicine, surgery, education, and research. The instructor will discuss his own involvement with holography and augmented reality. Convener: Stephen Haliczer was a professor of history who has always had a strong interest in technology. As a researcher, he pioneered the use of computer analysis of the data contained in historical documents. After his retirement from NIU, he worked for the College of DuPage. He returned to Northern to take a position with the Division of Information Technology, charged with researching leading edge technologies and introducing them to faculty to assist them in their research. Presently, he is collaborating with a company that designs Augmented Reality modules for industry and business.