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Computing in a business world: Can computers be managed? - QM4681

Queen Mary University of London

The ever increasing computing power and the promise of technologies based on Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, IoT, etc. bring about contrasting views of our technological future. On the one hand there is optimism that technology will liberate people and create a better future for all, while on the other hand there are dystopian visions where humans lose control. In the midst of these two opposing views, questions are raised on whether humans are able to “manage” technological development and shift it towards one or another direction (optimistic or pessimistic). Let’s find out!

We shall look at recent examples from the world of business and consider the transformative impact that computing has had in various industrial sectors. More specifically we shall look at the platform economy (airbnb, Uber), big data analytics, workplace automation and other examples. To explore all these issues, you will attend a taster lecture, similar to the lectures taught to first year students at Queen Mary, and also participate in “hands-on” activities. These include a workshop on how businesses use digital technology, where you will be asked to work in groups to design alternative possible technological futures for business organisations and their potential effects for society as a whole.

You will also have the chance to find out about our degree programmes that combine technical skills, such as programming, with knowledge of the business environment and project management. You also meet teaching staff and a few of our existing undergraduates studying programmes that combine Computing with Management.

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Computing in a business world taster course at Queen Mary University of London