The third Lecture on Frontiers in Humanities organized by the Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (IAS) was successfully held onsite and online on 18 November 2022 (Friday). Professor Yu XingzhongDirector of IAS, Chair Professor in the Department of Global Legal Studies, FLL, was invited to give a lecture on the topic “Digital Literacy: From Algorithmic Society to Web 3.0”, and share his research achievements. Professor Lin Shaoyang, Head of Academic Programme and Publication of IAS, Distinguished Professor in the Department of History, FAH, was invited to be the moderator.

Professor Yu first introduced the components of digital literacy, including creativity, critical thinking and evaluation, cultural and social understanding, collaboration, the ability to find and select information, effective communication, e-safety and functional skills. The technology and awareness of digital literacy include mastery of basic digital technologies and full awareness of the social consequences of the application of digital technologies.

Professor Yu pointed out that, in fact, we already live in an algorithmic society. Although machine learning algorithms can stimulate innovation and production growth, we must also pay attention to the problem of inequality brought about by algorithms. The requirements of the algorithm society for people’s scientific and technological quality are very high, and it is difficult to adapt without a considerable level of education, some are forced to become idlers.

Finally, he discussed the Metaverse and Internet 3.0. The Metaverse is constructed on the basis of people’s Playfulness, Gambling and Above Profit-seeking, its essence is the Eden of game capitalism. However, Network 3.0 does not solve the problems of network 2.0. Whether it is consumers’ expectations for privacy or the maintenance of network order, Network 3.0 fails to give an answer. Only by firmly believing in Digital minimalism will it be more conducive for us to pursue the meaning and satisfaction of life.

The topic was hotly discussed among the audience, and they exchanged views regarding the attitudes facing Web 3.0 and the challenges towards building Web 3.0. Around 150 participants signed up for the event, including professionals, students, alumni, and external audience, effectively promoting academic dialogue and boosting the intellectual atmosphere on UM campus.

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