The Austin Forum on Technology & Society monthly online book discussions have become one of my favorite activities over the past two years. We have wonderful conversations among intelligent, curious people about books by thought leaders on the societal implications of diverse technologies. We limit these events to about 20-25 participants, and people can contribute to the conversation if they wish, or just sit back and enjoy it like a radio show or podcast conversation on an interesting topic. Everyone participates from the comfort of their own home, after work/dinner, often with a drink in hand (and occasionally a pet on hand!). The conversations are always thoughtful, respectful, and enjoyable.
As we enter December and the weather gets colder, we have some great books coming up—so stay warm and join us for any of these upcoming book conversations. As always, we encourage reading the book, though it is not required—but you will get even more from the conversations if you read the book, or at least a book summary. (All times are 7:15pm-8:30pm, Central time.)
Tuesday, December 12: Discussion of “AI 2041: 10 Visions of Our Future” by Kai-Fu Lee, moderated by Nancy Giordano.
Thursday, January 18: Discussion of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism” by Shoshana Zuboff, moderated by J. Craig Wheeler
Thursday, February 15: Discussion of “Introduction to Generative AI: An ethical, societal, and legal overview” by Numa Dhamani and Maggie Engler, moderated by author Numa Dhamani.
I am excited to read and discuss all of these books and look forward to seeing you online and hearing your thoughts about these topics!
Jay Boisseau, Ph.D.