Distinguished Lecture Series - John L. King ; "Does IT Matter?"
ABSTRACT: The topic of information technology is a complicated jumble of surprises. Hyperboli prediction followed by disappointing letdowns (friendly robots) have been accompanied by completely unforeseen but world-changing accomplishments (the Internet). The dot.com "boom" of the late 1990s was followed by the "dot.bust" right after Y2K (remember that?). The pundits were hailing the birth of the information economy in 1999; by 2003 the pundits were saying IT doesn't matter. What's going on?
In short, we don't know. But we are learning . . . This talk addresses the question, Does IT Matter? Of course it does, but the important point is not whether it matters, but how IT matters. The talk explores the causal mechanisms by which emerging information technologies change the fundamental nature of human enterprise at all levels. Examples will be drawn from a variety of subjects, including commerce, politics, entertainment, and terrorism.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall, Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005