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 Five – Is This The End Of Everything?
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02 Aug Lecture Five – Is This The End Of Everything?

Hi Guys. I have uploaded some content and links onto the Lecture Five – Is This The End Of Everything Page to get you thinking for this week (specifically for Lecture Five). Lecture Five is the last lecture in the five lecture series focused on our philosophical discussion on technology, humanity, and business. It it titled, “Is This The End Of Everything?” and early on I will take you back to where we started, detail where the primary question associated with your first major assignment came from, and ensure you have a good grasp of the writing task ahead of you. We will take a closer look at Kevin Kelly’s biological and evolutionary standpoint on technology and then introduce you to Jaron Lanier and his opposing view that if we continue to follow the path that technology is currently leading us down we will end up dehumanizing the world. We will discuss The ‘Extended Mind Thesis’ in detail (maybe depending on time this section has been included as an add-on to the main lecture slides) and link it to the idea of the ‘Noosphere’. We will discuss intelligence augmentation, artificial intelligence, and man-computer symbiosis as the types of things that may push us towards the existential threat of ‘technological singularity’. I will ask you if we have subscribed to an illusion and if we may have actually just invented and signed up for our own demise. And to finish I want to tell you a short story and ask you to join me in wasting time. Text heavy slides for a reason. You are about to write me something. I wanted to give you as much to go on as possible. However we will run the lecture as per usual. Where it goes it where it goes … as always feel free to speak your mind in my lectures guys. Talk soon. Jason.

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