Engineering Seminar: Technology, Self and Society

How does technology shape the way we see ourselves and others?

Technology deeply infiltrates our daily lives at home, at work, at school, and nearly everywhere in between. In today’s hyperconnected world, our interactions with society at large require a digital component. Increasingly, computational tools enter new spaces including biology and medicine. The technological tools themselves reveal a worldview: one where the self is reducible to quantifiable data. Does technology shape the way we see ourselves? Does it change who we are? In this course, we will consider these and other questions. We will develop an understanding of how technology shapes our worldview and consider how it might be used for both our personal and common goods. As we delve into ethical questions raised by existing technologies and those we will develop, we will engage materials across disciplines and examine a multitude of perspectives.

Course Calendar

This course makes use of an interactive calendar. Everything you need to know about the course -- what we're reading, what you should be thinking about, what you should be doing -- is included either there or on the "Syllabus" page.

Upcoming Topics

  1. 10 - The Question Concerning Technology - Part 2

    Sep 22
  2. 11 - Ethics of Open Source Data?

    Sep 27