Contest Theme Description and Brainstorming Worksheet:
This year’s theme is Humanity and Technology! We are seeking submissions examining how rapid technological advancements of the century impact humanity. Students could approach this subject through new opportunities or ethical concerns that have emerged resulting from new technology. Here are some ideas to ponder (not necessarily a comprehensive list):
How do new technologies, such as
- social media,
- smart mobile devices,
- artificial intelligence/machine learning,
- virtual reality/augmented reality,
- or other new technology affect education, intellectual and emotional development of youth, arts, healthcare practices, consumption habits, social and familial relationships, etc.?
How do screen addiction affect us?
Has accessing credible information gotten easier or harder?
What makes an online content viral?
Brockell, Gillian (2018) “Dear tech companies, I don’t want to see pregnancy ads after my child was stillborn,” The Washington Post, accessed at https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2018/12/12/dear-tech-companies-i-dont-want-see-pregnancy-ads-after-my-child-was-stillborn/
Goodwin, Ross and Oscar Sharp, “Sunspring,” (A sci-fi short film starring Thomas Middleditch accessed at https://ars.electronica.art/ai/en/sunspring/
Singer, Natasha (2014) “Intel’s Sharp-Eyed Social Scientist,” The New York Times, accessed at https://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/16/technology/intels-sharp-eyed-social-scientist.html?hp&_r=0
Tucker, Ian (2018) “AI cancer detectors,” The Guardian, accessed at https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jun/10/artificial-intelligence-cancer-detectors-the-five