Philosophy of Technology Course: Human vs Machine

Philosophy of Technology Course: Human vs Machine

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This philosophy course explores the human condition through our connection to machines and the technologies which are attempting to ‘mimic’ human behaviour, for example driverless cars. The Philosophy of Technology is a growing area of theory: it attempts to critically evaluate the possible impacts which new technologies may have on social, political and economic life, as well as the ‘nature’ of ourselves. In this philosophy course we will consider: The new robotic machines; Information technologies and how they are changing our understanding of knowledge; Medical cyborgism. Further we will consider the ethical implications of information and war technologies. In meditating on the machine we are forced to examine the limits (or limitlessness) of the ‘human’.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this philosophy course you will:

  1. gain a better understanding of what it means to be human.
  2. have better knowledge of the evolving world of technology.
  3. have explored the connection between us and technology, and its effects on us.
  4. have considered the future possible impact of technology on social, political and economic life.
  5. have considered the ethical implications of information and war technologies.

Course Content

This philosophy course will cover the following topics:

Connections between Human and Machine.

This philosophy course is primarily concerned with contemporary theory however we will begin with some past philosophical views on the issues.

Philosophy of technology.

An introduction to the contemporary area of Philosophy of technology.

What is a machine?

What are the differences and/or similarities between our human capacities and machine capacities. We will look at both material and ‘mental’ attributes.

The new robotic machines.

That machines will replace humans in many areas of human activity is not of course a new idea, however this technology is moving fast and the implications many be more profound than we could have imagined in the past.

Our understanding of knowledge.

Information technologies and how they are changing our understanding of knowledge.

Medical cyborgism.

How human will we be when our replacement bits are non organic or made in a 3D printer.

The ethics of Technology.

The ethical implications of information and war technologies.

The evolution of society.

The evolution of social life has already dramatically changed with technology, what do the theorists predict will happen in the future.

Technology, Politics and Industry.

What effect does technology have on political ideologies and economic life.

Film and Science Fiction.

Intended Audience

This philosophy course on ‘Human vs Machine’ is suitable for anyone interested in gaining insights into identifying, analysing and constructing cogent arguments. This philosophy course is designed for those interested in developing their ability of engaging in insightful philosophical conversations with others.

Delivery Style

This philosophy course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, analysis of case studies and group discussions. This course strives to encourage active and informed participation, group analysis and debate of the facts, issues and insights into our changing world.

Course Prerequisites

This philosophy course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.

Dr Kerry Sanders gained her PhD in philosophy at The University of Sydney and was recently awarded the title of Honorary Associate at the Department of Philosophy, The University of Sydney. She lectured at Sydney College of the Arts University of Sydney for 10 years, giving Hon and Masters Courses in the philosophy of aesthetics. Kerry has taught in the areas of Philosophy of Mind; Ethics; Critical Thinking; Political Philosophy; Contemporary Philosophy of Technology; Phenomenology; and the Philosophy of Music. She has a particular interest in the new developments in neurobiology which have significantly changed ideas about the nature of consciousness and the workings of the human mind. Kerry also participates in the Gifted Students Program, giving philosophy sessions to high school students who show an interest in a broad scope of ideas and wish to develop their thinking abilities through the challenge which philosophy gives. Kerry has also published a book of poetry.

Kerry’s Approach to Philosophy

Philosophy is a living practice which calls us to critique our own pre suppositions, and asks us to assess ideas in relation to our own lives and society. In engaging with the ideas of philosophy we both study philosophy but also do it. Philosophy can be thought of as engaging in an ‘adventure sport for the mind’, in which we can develop critical thinking techniques and learn to use the mind in new and exciting ways. The skills which are developed in the practice of philosophy are also relevant to many other areas of academic study, as well as in the complex living of our ordinary lives. Much of Western philosophy is based on the priority of reason and logic in human thought, however to fully understand the human condition we must also consider the role of experience, emotions and the body.

Other Academic functions

  • Supervision of Postgraduate Seminar Groups.
  • University Preparation Course in Philosophy 2000 – 2015.
  • Sydney College of the Arts University of Sydney.
  • Four years of Australian Postgraduate Research Award.
  • Vera Edith Thorpe Scholarship.
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