Technological Possibilities and the Promise of Utopia

A Public Philosophy Lecture Series

When? Once a month, April-September 2019.

Where? The Moon Café, Northbridge.

Please note that tickets for Part One are now fully booked. Places may become available due to cancellations so feel free to check again for any updates.

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.

No knowledge of philosophy is required; everyone is welcome to attend.

Free to attend. All refreshments and food are available for purchase from The Moon Café.

Lecture Dates and Topics:

Part One, 1st of April – ‘Gimmegrants’ and ‘Fakeugees’: The Struggle to Stimulate Meaningful Debate Concerning Asylum Seekers

Part Two, 29th of April –
The Allure of an Algorithmic Future

Part Three, 27th of May –
Modern Medical Technology: Possibilities, Problems and Profit 

Part Four, 24th of June –
Technological Ways of Seeing

Part Five, 29th of July –
Mediated Intimacy, Companion Animals and Careful Surveillance

Part Six, 2nd of September –
The Ghosts of Utopias Past, Present, and Future