Social Silos: Digitally Connected but Increasingly Alone

Dr. Scott Tilley and the Center for Technology & Society (CTS) will present at Evans Library Friday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. 

Through social media and our digital devices, we are more connected than ever before. Ironically, we also are becoming increasingly isolated. Do you have more Facebook “friends” than actual friends? Is the next generation becoming socially disconnected, living in electronic silos of their own making? Some people say that “going solo” is a healthy choice, but are more people being led down the path towards loneliness and isolation due to addictive and pervasive technology?

The movie “The Matrix,” which was released 20 years ago, depicted a post-apocalyptic world ruled by machines, where humans existed in a virtual reality, completely unaware of their surroundings or true purpose. Is that the world we want? Which would you pick, the red pill or the blue pill?

Scott Tilley is a Florida Tech professor emeritus, president and founder of the Center for Technology & Society and president and co-founder of Big Data Florida, which also meets monthly in the Evans Library. 

His recent books include “Systems Analysis & Design” (Cengage, 2020), “SPACE” (Anthology Alliance, 2019), and “Technical Justice” (CTS Press, 2019). He wrote the “Technology Today” column for FLORIDA TODAY from 2010 to 2018. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Victoria.

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