INTS 348: Digital Futures

INTS 348-001: Digital Futures
(Fall 2015)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW

Robinson Hall A106

Section Information for Fall 2015

This course introduces students to the latest technological, philosophical and creative thinking on the future of human society in a digital age. For this semester’s seminar, we will be focusing on two main themes: trans/posthumanism and “smart” cities.

First, we will explore what it means to be human in the digital age and how advances in science and technologies are transforming the human body. We will consider human / technology interfaces, how our bodies increasingly come into contact with digital technologies, and what that means for the future of humans. We will explore various philosophies and cultural ideas that have surfaced around human’s transformation in the digital era, and what benefits, concerns, or questions emerge with our increasing contact with digital technologies. And we will interrogate the social, cultural, and ethical consequences of trans/posthumanism.

Then in the second half of the semester, we will explore the emergence of the “smart city.” We will examine how major cities around the world attempt to levy digital technologies to help enhance open government and democracy, urban sustainability, and social and public health, for example, as well as how these cities potentially threaten privacy in the form of increased data collection, surveillance, and governmental / corporate control.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3,6

Investigates important contemporary issues such as surveillance-privacy, censorship, piracy, gender and ethnicity, digital labor and play, mobile media and globalization, and the commercialization and political potential of the digital public spheres. Introduces students to the latest technological, philosophical and creative thinking on the future of human society in a digital age. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: NCLC 249 or INTS 249
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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