Technological Possibilities and the Promise of Utopia

A Public Philosophy Lecture Series

When? Once a month, April-September 2019.

Where? The Moon Café, Northbridge.

Part 3, 27 May 2019 is now fully booked. Places may become available due to cancellations so please check our booking page for any updates.

No knowledge of philosophy required; all are welcome to attend!

Free entry; refreshments and food are available for purchase from The Moon Café.

SERIES DESCRIPTION:

We live in a world of rapid technological development. New technological instruments have changed our everyday lives in countless ways, while technological thinking has transformed the world in which we live. Advancements in technology allow us to save time and offer us many conveniences, but they have also contributed to some of our most pressing current social issues, FLYER #2such as global warming, mass surveillance and big data.

What is the meaning of technology though? Is technology simply instrumental? What does it mean to think technologically and how does this way of thinking play out in our social and political spheres?

Being confronted with large social and political issues today, we often see technology as a saving grace, but can it offer solutions to the problems we face? In this series of lectures, we hope to raise questions about what technology is, and how it shapes our visions of the future. Will technology allow us to realise a better future or, as some have suggested, is it leading us into a “new dark age”?

In this series of lectures, we hope to open up a space of dialogue in order to engage with the way technology is shaping our modern world. Throughout we will discuss the possibility of seeing our shared future differently.

Each lecture will last roughly one hour and will be followed by questions and conversation.

We invite you to join us for a night of ideas, discussion and drinks as we ask what it means to be human in the modern world.

Lecture Dates and Topics:

Associate Professor Anne Surma
‘Gimmegrants’ and ‘Fakeugees’: The Struggle to Stimulate Meaningful Debate Concerning Asylum Seekers
Associate Professor Ľubica Učník
The Allure of an Algorithmic Future
Charles Foster, PhD Candidate
Modern Medical Technology: Possibilities, Problems and Profit 
Christopher Edwards, PhD Candidate
Technological Ways of Seeing
Associate Professor Ingrid Richardson
Mediated Intimacy, Companion Animals and Careful Surveillance
Dr Mark Jennings, Lecturer 
The Ghosts of Utopias Past, Present, and Future