Lecture Series

Expert to Discuss Impact, Future of Personal Data Collection

Dr. Andrew Targowski, Professor Emeritus of Business Information Systems at Western Michigan University, will discuss “From Big Data to Big Wisdom” on Thursday, April 11, from 7-9 p.m. in Stevenson Center Room 1100.

Dr. Andrew Targowski

Dr. Andrew Targowski

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Muskegon Community College’s Lecture Series and its And Justice for All Series.

“Nowadays, Big Data and data mining promise to deliver exact profiles of any category for any purpose,” explains MCC Instructor Andy Wible, who coordinates the Lecture Series. “This creates a new business of information engaged in selling that data to those who can afford to pay for it. Does this mean that people are better informed, more moral, and wise?  How should data be integrated to develop computer-organized cognition?”

Using ideas from ancient thought to amazing new technologies, Targowski will discuss how this new information can be transformed into wisdom.

One of the pioneers of applied information systems in his native Poland, Targowski is a Polish-American computer scientist specializing in enterprise computing, societal computing, information technology impact upon civilization, information theory, wisdom theory, and civilization theory.

He is the author of 40 books in English, Polish and Italian, including The Deadly Effect of Informatics on the Holocaust, The History, Present State, and Future of Information Technology, and Informing and Civilization.

For more information on the lecture, contact Andy Wible at (231) 777-0626 or at andy.wible@muskegoncc.edu.

Previous MCC Lecture Series Topics

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    • “Why Not Lying is Not Enough” – Oct. 11, 2018
      Sherman Clark, the Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School
    • “Ethical Challenges to Advance Care Planning” – April 16, 2018
      Devan Stahl, an assistant professor in Michigan State University’s Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences
    • “Punishing Disease: HIV and the criminalization of disease” – March 15, 2018
      Dr. Trevor Hoppe, assistant professor of sociology at SUNY Albany, and author of Punishing Disease: HIV and the criminalization of sickness
    • Names Writ in Water: Mythology, Symbolism, and the Natural World,” – Oct. 26, 2017 MCC English Instructor Michael Johnson
    • “Current and Emerging Water Resource Issues Facing the Planet” – Oct. 2, 2017
      Dr. Alan D. Steinman, the  Allen and Helen Hunting Director and Professor at Grand Valley State University’s Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon
    • “Take on Hate: Silence is Not an Option” – Feb. 2, 2017
      Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature and an adviser to the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE
    • “Indian Children in American History” – Nov. 17, 2016
      Matthew Fletcher
    • “Mindfulness: Practice and Benefits” – Oct. 5, 2016
      Dat Pham, PharmD, CDM
    • “Ancient Rome and Human Sacrifice – Jan. 28. 2016
      Dr. Celia Schultz,  University of Michigan faculty member and author/researcher on Roman religion and the history and literature of the Roman Republic
    • “The Importance of Myth: A Panel Discussion” – Oct. 29, 2015
      Panelists: 
      Andy Wible, Instructor of Philosophy at MCC; Michael Johnson, Instructor of English; Alfredo Hernandez, Instructor of World Religions; and Bill Utrecht, Pastor at First Evangelical Lutheran Church.