Podcast: “Who cares?: What happens if the power goes out?”
Rami Haddad, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, asks listeners a question. If the power goes out, can you function? What can you do? If the answer is nothing, then you are completely reliant on technology. While your answer probably differs between work and home, for many of us, just when the internet is down, we find ourselves at a total loss at our place of employment. Haddad points out that just 30 years ago, we were functioning just fine without the internet. How then, can we expect that the next 30 years will not show continued advancement of technology? Haddad conducts research on smart technology, which he explains allows a computer to obtain, process and present useful information. In some of his most recent work, Haddad is training smart technology to examine chest x-rays to recognize and diagnose pneumonia. Left untreated, pneumonia can be life threatening, yet the condition is not uncommon. Advancement that allowed quick and effective diagnosis could save lives. In this episode of “Who Cares?” Haddad and our hosts talk smart tech–the good, the bad and the ugly. While some say advancements in tech are terrifying [think I, Robot; Ex Machina; Wall-E; 2001: A Space Odyssey; Westworld; The Matrix…you get the point], we should remember that there are also advantages to the advancement of technology. We should also remember that if it is terrifying to us, perhaps we should ask our children or grandchildren if it is terrifying to them. More than likely, they are not quite as frightened by technological advances as we oldies are.
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