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Join Maryland Smith Professors Wedad Elmaghraby & Gordon Gao for a conversation with MIT Professor Sinan Aral in which he will discuss his new book, "The Hype Machine" followed by Q&A.

"Just ten years ago, we communicated and coordinated with one another by phone, fax machine, and email. Since then, we have invented an entirely new set of technologies to curate and disseminate information. These technologies determine what we read, how we talk to people, and what advertisements we see—to the tune of trillions of messages a day. This conglomeration of technologies and social media—which I call the Hype Machine—influences everything from how we shop to who we date to how we vote. We are now living in a new social age where the Hype Machine is central to every human endeavor. I’m on a mission to achieve the promise of social media while avoiding its perils, specifically as it relates to democracy, economy, and public health." -- Sinan Aral, PhD

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Oct 23, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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