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Ask Viktor

Throughout this course, you will have the opportunity to ask Dr Dörfler the questions that matter to you. Please post your questions for this week in the comments section below. …

Thank you to the course team

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the making of this course: Robina Nicholson, Aidan Johnston and Howard Ramsay from Education Enhancement. Graham Lynch and Derek Irving and from the …

Stupid smart devices

Information systems are supposed to make our lives easier. However, we find far too often that their recommendations are incredibly bad. Why? Because their recommendation systems work like the shaving …

Further (optional) readings

In this step, we have collated an extensive list of readings for this week’s topic. At the beginning of the list, you will find links to online sources, such as …

The achievement of meaning

When we are thinking we do a lot of information processing. However, that is only a small part of it. What else is there? I cannot answer this question at …

Homo Economicus and Homo Ludens

The idea of the Homo Economicus is so obviously wrong that we cannot imagine why economists believe that it is how people are or that this utility-maximising emotionless entity is …

Homo Calculator

According to George Kelly, we are all scientists. This does not mean a profession here, rather a mindset. Just think of those adverts claiming that your detergent kills 99.9% of …

What will we learn about?

Alexandre the Great is perhaps the foremost prototype of a World Conqueror in the Western world. His empire, at its height, included most of the known world of his time. …

Artificial intelligence

The physicist Roger Penrose wrote a book called ‘The Emperor’s New Mind’ discussing supercomputers, quantum-computers, and other questions at the frontier of IS/ICT at the time. He paraphrases the Andersen’s …

Human vs. Machine

In this video I tell a few stories of machines outperforming humans in areas that are supposedly uniquely human such as chess and go. I also show how this also …

Further (optional) readings

In this step, we have collated an extensive list of readings for this week’s topic. At the beginning of the list, you will find links to online sources, such as …

Making IS/ICT

Computers are often described by sociologists as the second industrial revolution: the first being the strong machines, the second the smart machines and also as the third information revolution: the …

IS/ICT Maturity model

You may have seen variants of the so called ‘maturity model’ or ‘maturity framework’ before. What is important however, is that the maturity models were originally developed in the IS …
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