Throughout the history of civilization, humans have lacked capabilities to realize superior well-being for self, friends, and family. In the modern age, computational technologies offer tremendous capabilities, as they enable people to grow better quality and quantity of food, exercise, safety, connectedness with others, and so on. For example, computational technologies are being used to digitize geographic locations and routes, enabling us to travel around the globe (such as, through google maps). Language translators are connecting cultures. While technologies (such as the global positioning system (GPS)) are offering benefits, their adverse effects are being noted as well. Privacy concerns due to monitoring are an example. Similarly, there are concerns about the ill effects of technologies, such as the cell phone and internet (Jenaro et al. 2007). While computational technologies underline possibilities to enhance well-being, their effects (positive or negative) are less understood. The case study may identify the opportunities and challenges for organizations, business, and individuals (including consumers, students, patients, and others), due to advances in computational technologies. Specifically, the case study may focus upon any of the topics listed below:
Case Study #3 Topic Choices
Topic 1: Identify how analytics or other computational technologies used in healthcare (say hospitals) or education (say schools) are influencing patient health or student outcomes, respectively. What are the effects of these technologies on the performance of healthcare organizations or educational institutions?
Topic 2: How are computational technologies (say, price comparison software) changing the ways human shop or consume? How are modern technologies influencing these activities and well-being?
Topic 3: Has the advent of technologies changed the way individuals play and entertain? Identify technologies being used in the arena of sports and recreation? How are these influencing individual activities and well-being?
Topic 4: Identify the negative influence of computational technologies on individual well-being?
Topic 5: Identify how computational technologies are influencing the emotional and physical well-being of individuals, such as by helping them network (e.g., through social networking website), communicate (e.g., through Skype), or learn (e.g., through online lectures).
Other topics: Participants are encouraged to find another topic (not listed here) related to Computational technologies and well-being, for their case study. Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, to check if the topic may be appropriate for the competition.
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How Computational Technologies Influence Choice: A Neuroscientific Perspective Part 1. By Dr. Pankaj Setia
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