Expert to Discuss Impact, Future of Personal Data Collection

Andrew Targowski

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.

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