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Instructor: Nelson Kellogg
Mondays, January 8 – 29, 3:00 – 5:00 PM, Berger Center
This class investigates the past, present and future human experience in light of the tools and processes we have invented like money, bookkeeping, agriculture, time, transportation, medicine and now, Ai. How have these inventions changed what we do, who we are, our sense of community, our relationships and our sense of purpose.
When asked about technology, do you think of new computers, smart phones, the latest developments in medicine or transportation? That’s a normal response today. But when we consider the word “technology” as derived from the word “technique,” we realize that any device or even process for doing a task is a technology. And, historically, any new technique affects what we do (for a living) and therefore who we are. Certainly, new A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) platforms will change us. Will these changes be more profound than the historical invention of…Money? Bookkeeping? Agriculture? Mechanical Time? We will examine all these and more, as we attempt to understand what sort of creatures we have been, and who we might become.
Week 1: Topics and considerations:
1. What is “technology” anyway. Often confused with simply what is new, for example the latest smart phone or medical technique, technology is rooted in the word “technique.” That is, it is simply a way of doing something.
Week 2: The invention and reinvention of the concept of time:
Annual (seasonal) patterns; daily rhythms; life cycles. There were sundials, hour glasses, and even water clocks and hour candles, but where were these used?
Week 3: From the manufacture of material goods to symbolic work.
1. The proliferation of goods leads to the development of marketing and advertising.
Nelson “Buzz” Kellogg has a lifelong interest in the history and effects of technology, especially how it has formed human social evolution. He has published and lectured in this field, in public philosophy generally. He is an energetic and engaging presenter who invites his audiences into conversations about topics that are meaningful to them, inspired by the presentations.