Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 5

One of the main topics this week was the idea of a utopian/dystopian society created by technology. We started the session by talking about computers and the way they think. They are not random, their task is to achieve a goal, they are goal-driven. Humans are much more random with their thoughts, we think just … Continue reading Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 5

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Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 4

The main focus this week was the Edge question - What to Think About Machines That Think. We read and discussed a range of articles that addressed this question. We started the session by discussing the question, 'What is thinking?'. We gave Kerry lots of different ways we think, such as analysing, creative, imagination, rational … Continue reading Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 4

Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 3

This week was the final week of the history part of this unit. We continued to discuss Marx and Heidegger in particular. Kerry began the class by talking about an article about cyborg insects, you can read it here. This article is about scientists fitting a real dragonfly with a small backpack that can directly … Continue reading Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 3

Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 2

The main focus of this weeks class was Technology and Politics. The meaning of politics here is that of society, the way we organise and arrange ourselves and how we promote certain values. So, a broad socio-economic arrangement. The question we wanted to answer was is technology politically neutral? We started by agreeing that technology … Continue reading Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 2