TEDxGreensboro Salon

Outwitting Social Media Algorithms

What we see on our social media is based on formulas or “algorithms.” Concern about how this occurs through data mining and manipulation is not new, but, until recently, it was mostly a consideration at a personal level. However, we are learning that the same algorithms that feed you ads for products you like to buy also feed you news that is shaped to you – you receive fewer divergent ideas and information. Add to that the proliferation of false information, and the result is a nation divided not only in opinion, but also in the information used to form those opinions.

  • How can we find common ground if we don’t have common facts?
  • How do we overcome divisions that have been created subconsciously?
  • Can we create a new “algorithm” for real-life interactions to combat the online mechanisms that we cannot control?

Please join us in viewing thought-provoking TED Talks on this issue, followed by a moderated discussion

Directions to UpStage Cabaret at Triad Stage

Registration opens 1/3/2019

Doors open at 5:45 for cash bar and conversation. NEW! You may order a sandwich dinner from JImmy John’s that will be waiting when you arrive. Choices are Turkey Breast, Ham & Provolone, or Veggie — on French Bread — with condiments and chips.

Sandwich orders must be placed by noon on Tuesday January 15th.

You are also welcome to bring something with you. Triad Stage will have wine, beer, and soft drinks for sale. The program will be from 6:30 to 8:00.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Fall Salon – Sept. 26, 2018

Winter Salon – January 16, 2019

Spring Salon – June 5, 2019

TEDxGreensboro Salon Series

TEDxGreensboro Salon events are smaller events that keep a TEDx community engaged between regular TEDx events. It’s unique because you, the participants, are involved in the conversation. We will share TED Talks plus local speakers to build a dialogue with you – the audience. There will be questions, thoughts and ideas and we will all wrestle with what it all means. Enrollment is limited – come to mix and mingle with other TEDx’ers and to talk about ideas.

Previous TEDxGreensboro Salon Discussions

Is Society for Sale? March 22, 2017
How do we identify and preserve intrinsic values in civic life? Are we moving from a market economy to a market society, in which we increasingly recognize “price” over “value”?

What could we learn if we gave up being right? September 21, 2016, UpStage Cabaret
We feel resolutely justified in claiming that we are “right.” Is there a way out of this societal impasse? How do we build a local community in which we acknowledge and learn from each other?

The Concept of Gender June, 2016
Why does any given individual follow certain gender norms and not others? We all exhibit some characteristics that are considered contrary to the socially-constructed gender norms of our biological sex.

Sense of Security / Reality of Risk January 27, 2016 UpStage Cabaret
Is possible to feel secure even when you are not, or, conversely, are we sometimes more secure than we feel? Moderated by Omar H. Ali.

Is technology leading us to widespread joblessness? April 6, 2016, UpStage Cabaret
How will the “rise of the robots” affect us and what we can do to meet the challenges of this new workforce revolution? Moderated by David Horne.

Nature’s Design Studio Oct. 7, 2015, UpStage Cabaret
Bill Bryson focuses on his experiences on the Appalachian Trail and discusses the ways we manage our parks and natural resources. But our environment is more than recreation – it is an instructor in adaptation and design.

The Concept of Gender June, 2016
Why does any given individual follow certain gender norms and not others? We all exhibit some characteristics that are considered contrary to the socially-constructed gender norms of our biological sex.

Sense of Security / Reality of Risk January 27, 2016 UpStage Cabaret
Is possible to feel secure even when you are not, or, conversely, are we sometimes more secure than we feel? Moderated by Omar H. Ali.