World Building as a Service

Tuesday, March 6th, 6:30-8:30pm

Prerequisites: None

We like to think of computer science as morally neutral, when in reality it just reflects our values. Consequently, the technology that we create results in a world that looks the way it does seemingly by coincidence, rather than by design. But even unconscious design is still design. As software continues to spread into our society at all levels, from standing in for human interactions (Alexa, etc.) to decision making at business and governmental levels, the values we are encoding in our work become all the the more important. This talk aims to discuss the ways in which our software is shaping our world, and how developers and designers can think and talk about our work in context with people’s lives.<br/>
ABOUT THE PRESENTER:

Jaime Lightfoot followed her interest in math and music into higher education, where she earned her Associate’s in Music at GRCC, majoring in violin and viola, and then went to Grand Valley State University to study electrical engineering, earning a BSEE. After graduation, Jaime served as an electronics engineer at Disher Design. She joined Atomic Object in October 2015, where she says she arrives to work excited to promote understanding and technical creativity among talented and passionate people. Outside of work, she enjoys playing hockey, working on hobby projects, playing with her pup, and reading.

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Atomic Object makes custom apps for the web, mobile phones, computers, and custom devices. We help companies innovate and grow with products that are beautiful, reliable, and easy to use. Atomic is an employee-owned company with offices in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids. More at http://atomicobject.com

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Dinner and refreshments will be provided.

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