Just To Keep You Thinking

“There is no more powerful force to change every institution than the first generation of digital natives. The world, including business, will hinge on a new set of principles” Don Tapscott

“The internet as a noun has become the internet as a verb. It has become a set of conversations. An era in which user-generated content and social networks became the dominant phenomenon” Philip Evans

“The self as we once knew it no longer exists, and I think that an abstract, digital universe has become part of our identity” Abha Dawesar


“Technology is the seventh kingdom of life. And we have a moral obligation to invent technology so that every person on the globe has the potential to realize their true difference” Kevin Kelly

“If you don’t treat humans as special, if you don’t create some special zones for humans – especially when you are designing [or integrating] technology – you’ll end up dehumanizing the world. And what we have done in the last decade is give information [and data] more rights than are given to people” Jaron Lanier

“The greatest task before civilisation at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men” Havelock Elis

1220HSL | Lecture Four – Have We Lost Ourselves To Technology?
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23 Jul Lecture Four – Have We Lost Ourselves To Technology?

Hi Guys. I have uploaded some content and links to one TED Talk and one short film from Vimeo onto the page ‘Lecture Four – Have We Lost Ourselves To Technology?’ to get you thinking for this week (Week Four – Lecture Four).

Lecture Four titled, ‘Have We Lost Ourselves To Technology?’, is focused on ‘life in the digital now’ (a reference to Abha Dawesar’s TED talk, the ‘rewiring’ of our mental circuits by technology, in particular by the internet, the ‘Frankenstein’ of social media, the idea that appearances can be deceiving, the importance of physical connection, and the very real chance that we are ‘losing ourselves to technology’. I also want to make sure you keep an open mind here – and remember that it is super easy to write off social media. To make sure you keep an open mind one of the videos I want you to check out, ‘The Conditioned’ – the story of homeless poet Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho from São Paulo, Brazil – which paints a more human side to social networking platforms. I will also provide you with another personal piece of writing titled, ‘On Social Media And Being Human’, that will argue that it is not the platforms themselves that reduce us or dehumanize us it is the way we use them. All this will lead us nicely into Lecture Five titled, ‘The End Of Everything’. 

And always feel free to speak your mind in my lectures guys. To do that well you really have to check out the content first. This one is fun. And often is the one where a lot of students finally find something to latch onto in terms of their writing for the assignment titled, ‘This Is My Standpoint’.

Talk soon. Jason

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