TPFH Part 4 | 9–29 March: Emerging Technologies and Risks
Part 4 of Technology, Power & the Future of Humanity (online distance course) deals with the emerging technologies and risks.
Ulrich Beck, Living in and coping with world risk society
Pat Mooney: Nanotechnology/New Earth
Jim Thomas: Synthetic Biology/Designing New Life Forms
Anders Sandberg, What kind of humanity should we want to make?
Maggie Little, Introduction to Bioethics: Bioethics & the Human Body
Maggie Little, Introduction to Bioethics: Bioethics & Justice
Otto Cars, The cornerstones of modern medicine are crumbling
Course Goal from Syllabus for Part 3
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- analyse different views on the role of technology in society, the relationship between technology and sustainable development, and how individual human beings influence and are influenced by different technologies;
- apply conceptual, analytical and ethical tools to understand the role of technology in individual as well as collective meaning making processes;
- critically review different technologies, the use and development of technology and its consequences from a power perspective, and methods for risk assessment and evaluation of these consequences.
The online seminar for part 4 takes place on March 27th (or a date the same week that you agree upon within your group). Detailed seminar instructions will be posted the week before the seminar.
In course books
Nye, Technology Matters (course book): Expanding Consciousness, or Encapsulation?
Hulme, Can Science Fix Climate Change? (course book), chapters 3 & 4.
Galaz, V., D. Galafassi, J. Tallberg, A. Boin, E. Hey, C. Ituarte-Lima, J. Dunagan, P. Olsson, R. Österbergh and F. Westley (2014). Connected Risks, Connected Solutions. Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, and the Global Challenges Foundation, Stockholm, chapter 1 (pp. 6-11) and chapter 3 (pp. 15-19)
European Environment Agency (2002). Late lessons from early warnings: the precautionary principle 1896-2000, Introduction (6 pages) and chapter 10 – Asbestos: from 'magic' to malevolent mineral (10 pages).