BUILD - 'Technocreep: What makes technology creepy and how to avoid the creep factor'
Workshop Location: Feature Gallery North B
After four decades of technology-watching, Tom Keenan decided the world needed a new word. In coining the term “Technocreep” had three things in mind:
Technology is creeping into our lives in unseen ways
Some of that technology is surprisingly creepy
There are creepy people, literally “technocreeps” out there.
Have you ever noticed how things follow you on the Internet? You view a watch on eBay, decide not to buy it, and the next time you go to Facebook there’s an ad for that very watch! Your eyeballs have just been sold in a little-known online auction system called FBX.
Tom feels some of the most technocreepy effects will come as we put technology on, and even inside our bodies. As we dutifully wear our fitness monitors, and Apple Watches, and send our DNA away for analysis, we give away some very more intimate information. As Tom explains in his book Technocreep, our ability to predict future disease from genetic and other medical tests is rapidly advancing, and laws and privacy policies are struggling to keep up with technology advances.
In this fast-paced talk, we’ll take a tour of some of the creepiest technologies and ways to minimize their creep factor.
About Dr. Keenan
Tom combines a deep technical knowledge with lively insights into the social and cultural aspects of technology. He was educated at Columbia University, receiving BA, M.Sc., MA and Ed.D. degrees in Philosophy, Mathematics, Engineering and Education. He is a popular professor of Environmental Design and Computer Science at the University of Calgary, a Fellow of the Canadian Information Processing Society and the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Military Security and Strategic Studies. Tom taught Canada’s first computer crime course, in 1974, and was involved in drafting that country’s inaugural computer crime legislation. He has been an expert witness in civil and criminal cases including one involving claimed “Internet defamation”.
He is the author of over 500 academic papers, book chapters, presentations and articles, and has spoken on five continents to academic audiences, major conferences and the general public. His latest book, Technocreep (www.technocreep.com) dissects how technology is becoming creepy in hidden ways that are difficult for most people to understand. It has recently appeared in the top ten on Amazon.ca in categories including Civil Rights and Liberties, Technology & Society, and Social Aspects of Technology.
Tom’s prolific work in the media ranges from being the National Technology Correspondent for Business Edge News Magazine to writing a syndicated Men’s Health column that appears in the Calgary Herald and other Postmedia newspapers. He is a member of the Psychology Today panel of experts and blogs regularly on the intersection between the human mind and technology. A regular guest on a number of TV and radio programs, he has recently been interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Daily News, Singapore Straits Times, Forbes, the New York Post, National Public Radio, CBC Television’s The National and CTV’s Canada AM.