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Ideas, Lives, and Milieus 

Exploring the Historical and Biographical Contexts of New Ideas


The Future of Humanity: The Impact of New Technologies in Homo Deus


Shadow Dexterous Robot Hand by Richard Greenhill and Hugo Elias / CC Wikimedia Commons

This interest group will spend six sessions reading and discussing Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow (2016), a popular new book from the author of the best-selling Sapiens.  Harari’s new book explores the key goals of the 21st century from the viewpoint of our techno-elite, who are in the process of making algorithms, mega-data, and Artificial Intelligence central to our way of life. Harari believes that in this century we will enter the age of the cyborg (a computer-human hybrid) and that humans wedded to computing power will rule humanity. The group will discuss the ethical/moral dimensions of such a development, as well as the unspoken assumptions and contradictions in his book. The relevant context for our discussion will be our own lives and milieus and how we foresee the impact of these developments on our children and grandchildren.

The facilitator, George Melnyk, has a background in 20th century European intellectual history and 20th century European philosophy.

When: Wednesdays
Time: 1:30 PM -3:00 PM
Dates: Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15
Where: Rosedale Community Centre, Board Room
Facilitator: George Melnyk 
To Register: George Melnyk at gmelnyk@ucalgary.ca

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