From just getting into this class the day before add/drop ended this semester, I’m just excited to be here. After catching up on the intro lecture from Wednesday, I could not be happier to have the opportunity to take this course. The part that excited me most, besides having a Professor who knows how to work technology, is the “different” classroom experience spoken of. When reflecting on the classes I have taken at BC, all of my favorite courses have one thing in common: a comfortable classroom environment that fosters engagement and encourages discussion.
From the Erik Brynjolfsson video to kick off the class, one of the 3 main shifts described was the shift from Core to Crowd. The philosophy of learning in this class leverages that shift, which I believe to be beneficial to education. My expectations of this course are to not stick to the core and get a narrow-minded perspective, but to leave with a more diverse level of knowledge gained from not only Professor Kane but other colleagues who bring diverse backgrounds, work experiences, and views to the table. Elon Musk also just tweeted about a new crowdsourcing contest he is running, and after missing out on investing in TSLA, investing in crowdsourcing philosophy early before it becomes mainstream is probably a good idea.
Beyond my expectations for the environment of this course, my expectations are that content will be just as dynamic as class discussion. The word “emerging” acts as a giveaway, but I believe much of what we are talking about is not like a history course based in the past, but a class based in the present and future. The inclusion of the active Twitter aspect of the class helps build my expectations for the current and future driven nature of the class. It is obvious that technology and innovation is happening, and it is happening fast, and my expectations for this course is that it can help me keep up not only with headlines, but take a deeper look and analyze what is happening and the implications that these changes will bring.
Having taken technical courses in the past, one of my goals and expectations in this course is to understand the people aspect of technology and how digital transformation goes beyond the technology. I listen to a podcast called “Me, Myself, & AI”, where a former professor of mine Professor Sam Ransbotham and BCG consultant Shervin Khodabandeh, interview executives at Fortune 500 companies on their use and implementation of AI. A common theme when talking to almost all of the executives is always people. As technology, especially AI, becomes more prominent in organizations, how do you get people to be open to the implementation and collaboration with technology they see as “robots who take their job”. I am interested to learn more about the organizational transformation side of digital transformation as well.
As I am beginning full time as a Technology Consultant in June 2021, I hope to gain some insights and knowledge to put me in the best position possible to kick off my career. I am eager to learn from my colleagues, most of who have already started their careers, and see how digital technologies are being leveraged or lacking in their organizations. The ability of technology to be a common denominator of all industries helps to set my expectations that I will leave the class with valuable insights about how technology fits into different industries. I expect this to be an asset for me post-grad as I begin my career in tech consulting, as I can be faced with clients and engagements in a vast array of industries.
My expectations are all positive for the most part, and there would not be any negatives crossing my mind if I had not just finished reading Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World”. For those who have not read it, it shows the perils of technology and helps bring forth the question of what the word “progress” really means. Is all of this technological innovation progress? When do we give up? At what point does society end up like the society in “Brave New World”, full of technological “progress” that reaches advancements in reproductive technology that families no longer exist. Although the book shows technological advancement in the extreme, it brings up interesting questions that changed my long standing positive associations with technology and innovation to ones that include a bit more skepticism and fear. A class on emerging technology may be a little too real directly after reading “Brave New World”, and I expect to be a little more skeptic of technology than in the past.
Regardless, I expect a great semester in a class that encourages curiosity and growth. As an ENTP according to Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, my curiosity runs deep and new possibilities excite me. This class seems like the perfect fit, and my expectations are high. Looking forward to hitting the ground running.