Transhumanist Futures and Computing2014HT
No of Lectures
Anyone interested in interdisciplinary discussions of transhumanist ideas, such as human enhancement, life expansion, uploading and substrate independent minds, AI and technological singularity. That could include PhD students in computer science, cognitive science, design, gender studies, technology and social change, culture and society and media production.
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The course is new.
The overarching objective is to gain interdisciplinary insights into
transhumanist ideas and relate them to own ideas and projects. Ethical issues
of emerging computing technologies will be discussed. The student will after
the course be able to:
- Contrast and critique different positions in transhumanism
- Relate transumanist ideas to own ideas and projects
- Develop and present a motivated personal position in relation to transhumanist ideas
Participants should be at graduate level.
The course will be held as a series of ten seminars where the student is expected to participate in at least 70%, lead one seminar and individually write an essay on the subject.
- Roots and core themes of transhumanism
- Human enhancement
- Core technologies
- Engines of life
- Enhanced decision-making
- Transhumanist politics and ethics
The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science,
Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future
Max More (Editor), Natasha Vita-More (Editor)
April 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
Mattias Arvola (IDA)
Fredrik Stjernberg (IKK)
Participation in seminars (70%), leading a seminar, writing and presentation of an essay.
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