The Reilly Center will offer a course called Man and Machine: Humanity, Technology, and the Future in Fall 2017. Students will help compile our 2018 list.
Man and Machine: Humanity, Technology, and the Future (STV 10089 (CRN 21118)) will be offered for the first time this Fall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:05pm to 6:20pm, in a location TBD. The course will explore rapidly advancing technologies (particularly those related to the human body) such as life extention, human enhancement, reproductive interventions, and human-computer interfaces and the potential ethical and policy dilemmas we will face as these technologies are implemented. Because these issues cut across the conventional lines of academic training and thought, the course will take a crossdisciplinary approach to studying the past, present, and future of technological innovation and the responsibilities of both the designers and users.
The goal of the course is to give students a variety of theoretical perspectives from which to analyze emerging technologies so they can respond knowledgeably and productively to the sociotechnical dilemmas that will confront us in government, industry, politics, education, and daily life. The course is open to everyone, including incoming freshman.