I thought Jay’s presentation on Google Galaxy was a fascinating response to questions about technology we’ve considered in class. A lot of the scientific possibilities we’ve encountered throughout the semester have honestly been difficult for me to imagine, at least in a society that resemble ours. Within our lifetimes, I can’t imagine we’ll witness a harvesting of organs from clones like in Never Let Me Go or manufacturing of skin as seen in Oryx and Crake. However, it is conceivable to me that we may soon find ourselves utilizing tools very much like Google Galaxy. Continue reading
I had a very similar reaction to Jay’s creative presentation as Hannah did. To me, it was very concerning to realize how believable it was — a project like Google Universe is one that I could totally see happening. I thought Jay did a great job of capturing just how invasive Google can be with projects like Google Glasses (and if you think about it, how invasive it already is). Continue reading
As we come to the end of the semester, it’s natural to look back, and draw conclusions about the course as a whole. The dominant notion rattling around my head recently has been the idea that we’ve always been posthuman, or, since this is clearly a paradox, that posthumanism as a term is flawed.
In my paper I am seeking to explore the different viewpoints and scholarly opinions about the effect of technology on human physiology and society. I will present both the positive and negative opinions on technology’s lasting and tangible effect and I will conclude with my personal opinion that technology is indeed changing humanity in a irreversible way and the negative and positive effects we can expect from this change. Continue reading
If there is anything that I can take away from the political science courses I have taken and now this course, it’s that identity is a central element to both the social and political spheres. From closely examining the lack of political identity in a post-Soviet Russia to defining the identity of the post-human, it is clear that identity persists as one of the most important human characteristics. Continue reading
At the start of the week I found myself scrambling to finish different assignments and come up with a good idea for a paper proposal. After having done many annotated bibliographies in the past, I didn’t put much faith into this one in helping me establish at least an idea for an argument. All it took though was a little research and I found myself coming across articles and books that combined topics I never would have thought to combine and eventually I came up with a pretty good idea for my essay. More important to the class though are the arguments and concepts I found along the way. Continue reading
So far in this class we have talked a lot about what our technology may do to us in the future, most specifically in terms of robots and the post-human. We see a lot of this, obviously, in The Stone Gods through Spike’s character and through MORE’s idea of using robots to make decisions because humans have shown they aren’t capable of making the right decisions. And in that world (based on what I read and on what was portrayed), I can’t say I would really argue. In a world where decisions can be made either by an incredibly intelligent and capable robot or the human race, whose primary concern is when genetic fixing should occur,….I might go with the robot. Continue reading
I found Winner’s essay to be a very stimulating read, as it led me to seriously reconsider how we should view technology, which is almost universally believed to have positive effects. More importantly, I liked how he brought up the inherently selfish nature of certain technological pursuits that are overlooked in our enthusiasm for scientific advancement. Continue reading