Prof. Tarek Abdelzaher presented a talk titled "On Polarization Dynamics in the Age of Information Overload," co-authored by Boleslaw K. Szymanski at Workshop Sens2021 on June 7, 2021.

Prof. Tarek Abdelzaher presented a talk titled "On Polarization Dynamics in the Age of Information Overload," co-authored by Chao Xu, Jinyang Li, Dachun Sun, Ruijie Wang, Jesse Graham, and Boleslaw K. Szymanski at Workshop Sens2021 on June 7, 2021 and extended abstract of the talk was published in the Workshop Proceedings of the 15th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, DOI: 10.36190/2021.32. The paper discusses a recently proposed stochastic model of evolution of human beliefs that demonstrates how today’s sheer volume of accessible information (and, thus, information overload), combined with consumers’ confirmation bias and asymmetric preference for outlying content, result in increased polarization. It suggests that escaping the polarizing forces in the age of information overload is a particularly challenging problem.