Caulfield Lecture 2015

By Bailey Myers and Billy Walsh

On Monday, April 20th, 2015, Loyola University Maryland welcomed Kara Swisher to speak at the 2015 Muriel & Clarence J. Caulfield Memorial Lecture.  Swisher, a former reporter for the Washington Post and author of “aol.com: How Steve Case beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web” and “There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future, ” spoke about intergrading technology more and more into our everyday lives. She talked about how sensors over the coming years will be everywhere. She mentioned how in San Francisco they have sensors already in parking spaces to alert to you or whoever where their car can park. Also, with Google’s purchase of Nest, a company that produces smoke alarms and thermostats, companies will be able to track what you do away from the web.  As more developments are put into play, this new life style would mean a huge change for how we live compared to today. She was saying how we have to be weary that something like Terminator or the Borg doesn’t come out of us trying to increase our livelihoods. She made points that the way we live today will be radically changed. I was thinking during the lecture about all the laws that will need to be changed and how much of an overhaul the American Government will have to go through to be up to par with the technological changes.  How will the government regulate this new technology? Technology will only continue to advance in the near future, but will we be ready?

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