Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 9

The penultimate week of the course. This week we focused on self-driving cars and drone technology. We started by talking about how the motor vehicle has shaped our urban environments. Cities are designed around cars, street layout, bridges, intersections, tunnels, road signs, traffic lights and more, it is all because of the car. When something … Continue reading Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 9

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Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 8

This session featured two main topics: medicine and crime. We started by┬áreading an article titled 'Human Enhancement and Personal Identity' by Philip Brey. The article talks about the implications of human enhancement for personal identity and assesses the social and ethical consequences of these changes. Human enhancement is an emerging field with medicine with the … Continue reading Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 8

Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 7

In our session this week we finished our discussion of Machine Ethics and began discussing Medical issues and technology. We started the session by talking about intelligent machines that could be capable of thinking of their own rules. We asked who would be to blame when something goes wrong? The programmer did not code in … Continue reading Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 7

Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 6

This week's session focused on AI and Machine Ethics. Kerry began the session by talking about a recent article and an interview with Elon Musk on Lateline talking about humans merging with machines. You can access the article in question by clicking here. This idea is not new and has been around for over 50 … Continue reading Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 6

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

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