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Technology and the Futureof Humanity (TSD 6239)

Term: 2011-12 Spring Semester


Philip Slater
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The relationship of our species to its technology is complex, with some seeing technology as benign, focusing on what it enables us to do, while others view it negatively, focusing on what it does to us. All agree that technology is not an inert tool but a force with its own evolutionary dynamic and an unstoppable momentum, ever increasing in speed and complexity, even beginning to mimic life itself. But is this force propelling our species to ever greater evolutionary heights, or is it hurling us toward disaster and collapse? This course will explore the relationship between our species?genetically adapted to a primitive foraging existence?and the manmade world we now inhabit, and will attempt to map the future of this unique and uncomfortable marriage between humans and their extensions.