The Interaction Hour is a monthly production of Georgia Tech's School of Interactive Computing, where we will investigate the impacts of computation on life’s big issues like health care, national security, ethics, education, and more. In accordance with our them -- interaction -- we want to hear what you, the audience, wants to discuss. We are a podcast for the people by the people.
Online Learning and the Pandemic, with David Joyner
The Covid-19 pandemic has necessitated a new approach to education, forcing some students to mix in-person learning with remote and others to learn only from the confines of their own homes. The pandemic has brought to the fore new challenges and potential solutions to address the pressing needs of students and educators, and it could expedite a transformation in how we think about education in the long term. Today, we’re joined by David Joyner, the executive director of online education in Georgia Tech’s College of Computing. He’ll help us understand the pressing needs during the pandemic, the long-term benefits of online education, and how we might bridge the gap between the best of both worlds.
Pursuing Equity Through DataWorks, with Betsy DiSalvo
One of the biggest challenges to achieving equity, diversity, and social impact in computing is how we engage with traditionally underrepresented populations in the field. Associate Professor Betsy DiSalvo is the principal investigator on the DataWorks project, a program that has brought employment and engagement to non-data scientists. In this episode, we’ll discuss the accomplishments of DataWorks, explore how it engages those without a background in computational thinking, and how it improves our pursuit of equity in computing.
The Human Experience of Computing, with Ayanna Howard
It is a uniquely challenging time in human history. We are facing a deadly global pandemic that has killed more than half a million people and caused a tidal effect across all levels of our society – from health care to the economy to education to our social lives, and much, much more. In our own country, we are facing civil unrest as we reckon with the impacts of centuries of oppression and disproportionate treatment and opportunity of the Black community. And we must meet these pressing needs in the midst of a technological revolution that, if not handled properly, will continue to compound our past failures and threaten to leave us behind, unable to keep up. In times like these, it is important to remember what – or more accurately, whom – is at the center of all we do in Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing.
Ethics, Education, and the Future of Computer Science; with Live Web Panel
Hello Human, Do You Trust Me?, with Matthew Gombolay
Are humans too willing to transfer trust to AI systems that may or may not have earned it yet? What factors lead to that trust? What’s the threshold for how trustworthy a system, like autonomous vehicles, must be before we deploy worldwide, and how do we get there?
The Promises and Pitfalls of VR and AR, with Blair MacIntyre and Jay Bolter
In a previous episode of the Interaction Hour, we discussed one potential space that could benefit from virtual reality. A group that included one of our faculty, Neha Kumar, was using the technology in the educational space, working with local teachers to develop virtual lessons that showed improved engagement and performance. Today, we return to the topic. Virtual and augmented reality continue to be among the most promising technologies, but what they are, what they will become, and where we will benefit is still up for debate. Even more pressing are the potential pitfalls – like privacy – which, without proper vigilance, could be exploited in much the same ways as social media.
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This smart podcast demystifies computing for the general public. The great mix of guests shows how computing impacts everything from driving to social interaction. Ayanna Howard could be an NPR host with her nuanced questions that show why we should care about these issues.