Human Nature and Technology
Center for Talented Youth
Today starts a three week intensive summer course I'll be teaching for the Center for Talented Youth at the Princeton site. I'll be teaching in Fine Hall, home of the Princeton mathematics department. I'm very excited!
The course will be taught to 15 gifted high school students, and it will be intense: seven hours a day, five days a week, for the next three weeks straight. This gives us the time to give a comprehensive treatment of the philosophy of technology, starting with Plato and Aristotle and working our way through figures as diverse as Marx, Heidegger, and Turing before reaching contemporary thinkers like Shirky, Latour, and Sterling. The students will be busy the whole time with reading and writing assignments, debates and research projects, and a whole host of other activities. Its a whirlwind ride; I've been teaching the course for the last seven years, and it gets better every year.
Although the student's won't be on line directly, the class will have some online presence. You can see the tentative syllabus here:
You can follow us on Twitter @htecb:
Our first research project, starting tomorrow afternoon, will be a collaborative Prezi on the top technology stories from the last year. You can see the Prezi skeleton here, and it will come alive tomorrow:
This list was put together on G+ a week ago from this thread:
If you have any questions or are interested in further updates on the progress of the course, just let me know!