Constantly-evolving information and communication technologies have fundamentally changed the nature of global relationships and opportunities for economic and social development. The rise of these new technologies that seem so obvious in retrospect should not have been so hard to see accurately, while they were unfolding. Did Facebook and YouTube really motivate millennials to bring Obama to power? Did they impact disenfranchised whites and turned off millennials, bringing Trump to power? This class will discuss the why and how of what some call the “Second Machine Age.” To address these questions, we will use, Joshua Ramo’s book, The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks (Little, Brown and Company, 2016). It will be supplemented with excerpts, provided by the coordinators, from McAfee & Brynjolfsson’s Machine Platform Crowd (Norton 2017); Sara Wachter-Boettcher’s, Technically Wrong, (Norton, 2017); and Niall Ferguson’s The Square and the Tower (Allen Lane, 2017). This study group will be a special opportunity to discuss the power and direction new technologies and social networks are taking. It is designed for all who are interested in the newly-connecting world — not just for computer nerds and techies. It will be fun and provocative and we’ll learn a lot together. Join us!