The Singularity


Singularity and the Future Human:

"Singularity and the Future Human", IS 300R (CRN 10625), TR, 11am-1:45pm. '14 Summer Semester, First Block.

This course will examine the impact and convergence of various 21st century technologies on the evolution of humanity. We will examine the status of the technologies, the estimates of their maturity, as well as the moral, social and political consequences of their impact. We will also discuss the evolving definition of what it means to be "Human". In addition to lecture and discussion, we will view and discuss various utopian and dystopian cinematic visions of the future human.

Required Textbooks: 

1. Schneider, Susan. Science Fiction and Philosophy: from Time Travel to SuperIntelligence. Wiley-Blackwell (May 18, 2009). ISBN: 978-1405149075. ($18, 368pp.)

2. More, Max (Ed.) and Natasha Vita-More (Ed.). The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future. Wildy-Blackwell (May 6, 2013). ISBN: 978-1118334317. ($29, 480pp.)

3. Habermas, Jurgen. The Future of Human Nature. Malden, MA: Polity Press. ISBN: 978-0-7456-2986-5 ($13, 127pp.)