W1 – Introduction: Philosophy and Technology (PF)
MIND, BODIES AND TECHNOLOGY
W2 – What is technology? Optimist and pessimist views of technology (JPD)
Reading 1: Mary Tiles and Hans Oberdiek, “Conflicting Visions of Technology,” in Living in a Technological Culture (London: Routledge, 1995), pp. 12–31.
Reading 2: Andrew Feenberg, “What is the Philosophy of Technology?”, in Defining
Technological Literacy. Towards An Epistemological Framework, J. Dakers (ed.), (Palgrave McMillan, 2006), 5-16.
W3 - Mind and technology: co-evolution of mind and technology. (MA)
Reading 1: Sterelny K. (2011) "From hominins to humans: how sapiens became behaviourally
modern". Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B. 366: 809-822. http://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2010.0301
Reading 2: Clark, A. (2002). “Towards a science of the bio-technological mind”, International Journal of Cognition and Technology, Vol. 1, No. 1, p . 21-33.
W4 –Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy (MA)
Reading 1: Bringsjord, Selmer and Govindarajulu, Naveen Sundar, "Artificial Intelligence", The
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2018 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <https://pl
Reading 2: Robbins, Scott. “AI and the path to envelopment: knowledge as a first step towards the responsible regulation and use of AI-powered machines.” AI & Society. (2019)
W5 – The Singularity and Mind-uploading: Will humanity survive? (PF)
Reading: Chalmers, David J. “The Singularity.” Journal of Consciousness Studies 17, no. 9
ETHICAL AND SOCIAL ASPECTS OF TECHNOLOGY
W6 – Artificial moral agents: Can robots be persons? (PF)
Reading 1: Wynsberghe, Aimee van, and Scott Robbins. “Critiquing the Reasons for Making
Artificial Moral Agents.” Science and Engineering Ethics, 2018, 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11
Reading 2: Formosa, Paul, and Malcolm Ryan. ‘Making Moral Machines: Why We Need Artificial Moral Agents’. AI & SOCIETY, 3 November 2020. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-020-01089-6.
W7 – Autonomous Vehicles and Carebots: How to live with machines (PF)
Reading 1: Gogoll, Jan, and Julian F. Müller. “Autonomous Cars: In Favor of a Mandatory Ethics Setting.” Science and Engineering Ethics 23, no. 3 (June 2017): 681–700.
Reading 2: Vallor, Shannon. “Moral Deskilling and Upskilling in a New Machine Age:
Reflections on the Ambiguous Future of Character.” Philosophy & Technology 28, no. 1 (March
2015): 107–24. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13347-014-0156-9.
W8 –Videogames and morality: Do virtual actions matter? (PF)
Reading 1: Luck, M. (2009). The gamer’s dilemma: An analysis of the arguments for the moral
distinction between virtual murder and virtual paedophilia. Ethics and Information Technology,
Reading 2: Ryan, M., Staines, D., & Formosa, P. (2017). Focus, Sensitivity, Judgement, Action:
Four Lenses for Designing Morally Engaging Games. Transactions of the Digital Games
Research Association, 3(2), 143–173.
W9 – Privacy on the Internet: Do we have any and should we care? (PF)
Reading 1: Reiman, Jeffrey H. “Driving to the Panopticon: A Philosophical Exploration of the
Risks to Privacy Posed by the Highway Technology of the Future.” Santa Clara High Technology
Law Journal 11 (1995).
Reading 2: Joinson, Adam N., and Carina B. Paine. “Self-Disclosure, Privacy and the Internet.”
In Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology, edited by Adam N. Joinson, Katelyn Y. A. McKenna,
Tom Postmes, and Ulf-Dietrich Reips, Vol. 1. Oxford University Press, 2012.
TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY
W10 – Economy and politics of cognitive capitalism (JPD)
Reading 1: Nick Srnicek, extracts from Platform Capitalism (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2017)
Reading 2: Yves Citton, “Reflexive Attention”, in The Ecology of Attention, trans. B. Norman
(Cambridge: Polity, 2017) 139-170.
W11 – Automation: dangers and solutions (JPD)
Reading 1: Nicholas Carr, The Glass Cage, chapter 4.
Reading 2: David Zoller, “Skilled Perception, Authenticity and the case against Automation”, in
Patrick Lin, Keith Abney, and Ryan Jenkins (eds) Robot Ethics 2.0. From Automated Cars to
Artificial Intelligence, (Oxford University Press, 2017), chapter 6.
Reading 3: Andrew Feenberg, “Philosophy of Technology at the Crossroads,” from Technology
and the Good Life?, ed. Eric Higgs, Andrew Light, and David Strong (Chicago: University of
Chicago Press, 2000), pp. 294–315.
W12 – AI, Technology and Work (JPD)
Reading 1: Tubaro, Paola, Antonio A Casilli, and Marion Coville. ‘The Trainer, the Verifier, the Imitator: Three Ways in Which Human Platform Workers Support Artificial Intelligence’. Big Data & Society 7, no. 1 (January 2020): 205395172091977.
Reading 2: Susskind, Richard, and Daniel Susskind. After the Professions. The Future of the Professions. Oxford University Press. 2015.
Reading 3: Nieswandt, Katharina. ‘Basic Income after Automation? That’s Not How Capitalism Works!’ The Conversation. 2016. http://theconversation.com/basic-income-after-automation-thats-not-how-capitalism-works-65023.
W13 – No Lecture