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#MKW17 - Nighttalks: Are technologies innocent?
Thu. 4 May 2017, 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm AEST
Are technologies innocent?
The argument is made that when technology is associated with harm, it is not only the designers that should be held to account, and not only manufacturers, and not only the people using the technologies, but also the technologies in and of themselves.
The argument that non-humans can and should be held to moral account is of course controversial, and in order to make the argument a number of serious objections need to be overcome. Come along, join in the discussion, and assess for yourself whether the argument succeeds.
Michael Arnold is Associate Professor and Head of Discipline in the History and Philosophy of Science Programme at the University of Melbourne. His on-going research activities lie at the intersection of contemporary technologies and daily life. Michael has been Chief Investigator on many research projects, and has published 3 research books and over 100 peer reviewed papers.
[Please note this event is wheelchair accessible]
This event is for ages 18 years and over
Bar crawls are out and brain crawls are in at Melbourne Knowledge Week.
The reach and pervasiveness of technology is unprecedented and wide reaching. Technology in its current state and looking forward is certain to present ethical dilemmas for policy makers and individuals alike.
Pull up a stool a one of Melbourne’s famed bars and hear from a stellar lineup of speakers discussing the future of ethics in technology in various spheres.
Melbourne Knowledge Week
Melbourne Knowledge Week is a week-long festival that melds, art, technology, business and science to explore and co-create our future city. Over 80 new wave events have been designed to inspire curious minds to collide and collaborate to bring future-focused ideas to life.
Throw yourself into a week full of innovation and creativity where you’ll hear from international industry leaders, test cutting-edge technology, taste future food and help to solve Melbourne’s future challenges.